Reliability and validity of self reported illegal activities and drug use collected from narcotic addicts

Z. Amsel, W. Mandell, L. Matthias, C. Mason, I. Hocherman

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Abstract

In a follow up of 1,500 drug using applicants to the NIMH civil commitment program under Titles I and III of the Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Act, efforts were made to measure the reliability and validity of self reported criminal and drug taking behavior. Various methods to assure reliable and valid responses were developed and implemented. These methods included choice of interviewer, intraquestionnaire safeguards, interview reinterview procedures, and use of police records and urinalysis reports. Overall, the results indicated that the responses for 829 respondents were reliable. The greatest limitation to the validity study was the incomplete and unreliable police records and urinalysis reports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-336
Number of pages12
JournalUnknown Journal
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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