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Do response options influence self-reports of alcohol use?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7890448     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The influence of response options on self-reported frequency of alcohol use was evaluated in an experimental study of 350 students at a west coast university. Respondents were asked about their frequency of alcohol use in the last 7 days, 30 days, 90 days, and 180 days with three methodological factors randomized: 1) how quantitative the response options were; 2) order of presentation of close-ended response options; and 3) relative placement of alcohol use items in the questionnaire. Results indicate that the quantitativeness of response options and the location of items within the questionnaire have minimal effects on the average frequency of alcohol use and number of inconsistent responses over a wide range of time frames. However, presenting higher frequency response options prior to lower frequency response options increased self-reported frequency of having consumed 2 or more drinks in the last 30 days and frequency of alcohol use over the last 180 days.
Authors:
R D Hays; R M Bell; T Damush; L Hill; M R DiMatteo; G N Marshall
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of the addictions     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0020-773X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Addict     Publication Date:  1994 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-04-20     Completed Date:  1995-04-20     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0123640     Medline TA:  Int J Addict     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1909-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
RAND, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*,  psychology
Alcoholism / epidemiology*,  psychology
Bias (Epidemiology)
Cross-Sectional Studies
Female
Humans
Incidence
Male
Self Disclosure*
United States / epidemiology

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