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NCJ Number: 167349 Find in a Library
Title: Validity of Self-Reported Cocaine Use in Two High-Risk Populations (From The Validity of Self-Reported Drug Use: Improving the Accuracy of Survey Estimates, P 227-246, 1997, Lana Harrison and Arthur Hughes, eds. - See NCJ 167339)
Author(s): S Magura; S Kang
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Grant Number: 1-RO1-DA05942; 1-R01-DA03991
Sale Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article summarizes recent research on the validity of drug use self-reports in high-risk populations, and compares the results of validity studies for two select groups.
Abstract: Self-reports of drug use are used extensively in drug use research and in evaluations of drug abuse treatment and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention interventions. After summarizing recent research into the validity of self-reports in high-risk populations, the article compares the results of validity studies for a sample of patients in methadone maintenance and a sample of criminally involved young adults. The methadone patients more accurately reported their cocaine use; the article explores possible reasons for this. Study findings indicate that the degree of accuracy in self-reports of drug use depends upon the specific research conditions and the characteristics of the populations studied. Accurate estimates of cocaine/crack use among criminally involved, inner-city young male adults cannot rely solely on self-reports; drug use is reported with moderate accuracy to researchers by clients in treatment. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Comparative analysis; Drug research; Drug use; Hair and fiber analysis; Methadone maintenance; Research methods; Self-report studies; Testing and measurement
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