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NCJ Number: 182192 Find in a Library
Title: Developing Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI) for the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:30  Issue:1  Dated:Winter 2000  Pages:9-33
Author(s): Judith T. Lessler; Rachel A. Caspar; Michael A. Penne; Peggy R. Barker
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 25
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports on the conversion to computer-assisted interview format of the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse.
Abstract: The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) is the nation’s primary data source for information on the scope and dimensions of drug abuse in the United States. To improve data collection, the NHSDA was converted to a computer-assisted interview format in 1999. This paper reports on the research done to guide the conversion. The main focus of the paper is on the large (n=1,982) field experiment that examined different audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (ACASI) procedures in the fourth quarter of 1997. This field experiment showed that ACASI is likely to increase reporting of drug use among youth; that respondents can, on their own, correct inconsistencies in responses that are detected by the computer, and that ACASI eases the response task for poor readers and less well educated respondents. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Data collections; Databases; Drug use; Juvenile drug use; Questionnaires; Science and Technology; Self-report studies; Statistics; Surveys
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