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Title: Guide to Risk Factor and Outcome Instruments for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Program Evaluations
Corporate Author: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
US Dept of Health and Human Services
United States of Americ
Project Director: Beverlie Fallik; Gale Held
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 166
Sponsoring Agency: National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Admin (NCADI)
Rockville, MD 20847-2345
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
Rockville, MD 20857
Publication Number: DHHS (SMA)99-3279
Sale Source: National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Admin (NCADI)
Publications Coordinator
P.O. Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20847-2345
United States of America

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United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide demonstrates to practitioners the appropriate methods for selecting instruments for evaluating programs intended to prevent substance abuse by juveniles.
Abstract: The guide briefly presents some of the issues involved in evaluating substance abuse prevention programs, such as selecting factors and program outcomes and instruments, judging the quality of instruments, considering the level in intervention in selecting instruments, options in data collection, determining instrument appropriateness for various target populations, and some cautions for evaluators of prevention programs. The guide than provides specific examples of evaluation instruments in detail. The guide focuses more on youth than adults and on individual and family-level factors rather than environmental factors. Each evaluation instrument discussed in this guide is accompanied by examples of studies in which it was used, information on obtaining copies of the instrument, evidence of its usefulness, and other relevant information. Evidence of the usefulness of an instrument includes an established link between what the instrument measures and some aspect of substance abuse behavior; an appraisal of the degree to which the instrument measures what it was designed to measure; and an appraisal of the degree of interrelatedness among the items and the degree to which the instrument provides consistent results from one evaluator to another and from one time to another. 73 references, an index of instruments, and appended directories of measurement instruments
Main Term(s): Drug prevention programs
Index Term(s): Evaluation criteria; Evaluation measures; Evaluation techniques; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile drug use; Testing and measurement
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