Adolescent substance abuse in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States: Effect of anonymous versus confidential survey formats

William W. Latimer, Megan S. O'Brien, Marco A. Vasquez, Maria Elena Medina-Mora, Carlos F. Rios-Bedoya, Leah J. Floyd

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Abstract

Anonymous surveys have been widely used worldwide to describe adolescent substance use yet cannot elucida.e causal drug abuse predictors. Studies in the U.S. have generally found that anonymous and confidential surveys yield comparable levels of self-reported substance use, yet the effect of survey format on youth self-report has not been evaluated in other countries. The present study compared data from the confidential International Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health with anonymously collected survey data on alcohol and marijuana use among school-based youth in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. The findings suggest that confidential surveys yield valid self-reports of adolescent substance use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-89
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 12 2006

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Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Anonymous
  • Confidential
  • Cross-cultural
  • Substance abuse
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Adolescent substance abuse in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States : Effect of anonymous versus confidential survey formats. / Latimer, William W.; O'Brien, Megan S.; Vasquez, Marco A.; Medina-Mora, Maria Elena; Rios-Bedoya, Carlos F.; Floyd, Leah J.

In: Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, Vol. 16, No. 1, 12.10.2006, p. 69-89.

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Latimer, William W. ; O'Brien, Megan S. ; Vasquez, Marco A. ; Medina-Mora, Maria Elena ; Rios-Bedoya, Carlos F. ; Floyd, Leah J. / Adolescent substance abuse in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States : Effect of anonymous versus confidential survey formats. In: Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. 2006 ; Vol. 16, No. 1. pp. 69-89.
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