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NCJ Number: 167353 Find in a Library
Title: Self-Reported Drug Use: Results of Selected Empirical Investigations of Validity (From The Validity of Self-Reported Drug Use: Improving the Accuracy of Survey Estimates, P 320-343, 1997, Lana Harrison and Arthur Hughes, eds. - See NCJ 167339)
Author(s): Y Hser
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: California Dept of Alcohol and Drug Programs
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Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the literature on factors related to quality of self-report data on drug use and discusses two series of empirical studies of the quality of those data.
Abstract: One set of analyses examines the quality of the longitudinal retrospective self-report from narcotics addicts, including validity of recent narcotics use, reliability of various measures, stability of relationships among these measures, and pattern reliability among latent constructs, Results contribute strongly to confidence in the validity of the relationships among these data derived from addicts' self-report. The second set of analyses focuses on validity of self-reported drug use among high-risk groups, including samples from sexually transmitted disease clinics, hospital emergency rooms, and jails. Results suggest that the accuracy of self-report of recent drug use varies by the sample sources, drug types, and subject characteristics. Targeting these high-risk groups may improve prevalence estimation. Empirical validation of self-report is always necessary to enhance the utility of self-report data and to provide means of controlling for potential biases. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Drug research; Drug use; Evaluation techniques; Literature reviews; Longitudinal studies; Research methods; Self-report studies; Testing and measurement
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