alexa Effectiveness of screening instruments in detecting substance use disorders among prisoners.


Journal of Socialomics

Author(s): Peters RH, Greenbaum PE, Steinberg ML, Carter CR, Ortiz MM,

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Abstract This study examined the effectiveness of several screening instruments in detecting substance use disorders among prison inmates. A sample of 400 male inmates were administered eight different substance abuse screening instruments and the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID-IV), Version 2.0, Substance Abuse Disorders module. The latter was used as a diagnostic criterion measure to determine the presence of substance use disorders. Based on positive predictive value, sensitivity, and overall accuracy, the Texas Christian University Drug Screen, the Simple Screening Instrument, and a combined instrument-Alcohol Dependence Scale/Addiction Severity Index-Drug Use section were found to be the most effective in identifying substance abuse and dependence disorders.
This article was published in J Subst Abuse Treat and referenced in Journal of Socialomics

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