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Survey of substance use among high school students in Taipei: web-based questionnaire versus paper-and-pencil questionnaire.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16182139     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To evaluate, using a randomized trial, whether a web-based self-administered questionnaire (web SAQ) can improve the reporting rate of substance use in adolescents compared with a paper-and-pencil self-administered questionnaire (paper SAQ). METHODS: Students of junior high, senior high, and vocational high schools in Taipei City and County were selected by a stratified, two-stage, probability proportional to size, random sampling. For each class selected, half of the students were randomly assigned to paper SAQ (n = 990) and the other half to web SAQ (n = 928). The inverse of the sampling probability for each individual was then used as sampling weight in the estimation of prevalence and logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: For readily available substances, the lifetime prevalence in the web SAQ group was significantly higher for alcohol use and borderline higher for tobacco and betel nut use compared to those of the paper SAQ group. For illicit drug use, the lifetime prevalence for the web SAQ group was significantly higher for the use of amphetamines, and borderline higher for ketamine. In multiple logistic regression analysis, the differences between the two groups in the use of alcohol, tobacco, and amphetamines remained significant. Boys, as well as both junior-high and vocational high school students who responded using the web SAQ, were more likely to report alcohol or tobacco use than those using the paper SAQ. CONCLUSIONS: Web SAQ leads to higher reporting rates of commonly used substances in adolescents compared with those of paper SAQ.
Yi-Ching Wang; Ching-Mei Lee; Chih-Yin Lew-Ting; Chuhsing Kate Hsiao; Duan-Rung Chen; Wei J Chen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1879-1972     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adolesc Health     Publication Date:  2005 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-26     Completed Date:  2006-05-11     Revised Date:  2009-05-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9102136     Medline TA:  J Adolesc Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  289-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Logistic Models
Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
Taiwan / epidemiology

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