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Drug use surveys: method and madness.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  863567     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There are many measurement problems inherent in the drug survey field, e.g., defining dosages and choosing user categories. This paper discusses the pros and cons of interview techniques, mailed questionnaires, and group-administered questionnaires. The particular importance of the social psychology of the data gathering process is noted, including the provision of anonymity for the respondents and the establishment of credibility for the investigators. Means for dealing with these and also for improving reliability and validity are discussed, along with reasons for performing a survey, the nature and intent of the questions asked, and some other political and ethical issues.
M D Stanton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of the addictions     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0020-773X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Addict     Publication Date:  1977 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-07-18     Completed Date:  1977-07-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0123640     Medline TA:  Int J Addict     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  95-119     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Health Surveys*
Interview, Psychological
Psychology, Social
Research Design
Sampling Studies
Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*

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