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Adolescent substance-use assessment: methodological issues in the use of the Adolescent Drug Abuse Diagnosis (ADAD).
Substance use & misuse
Publication types: Comparative Study ; Duplicate Publication ; Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't - Publication Status: ppublish
During the past twenty years, various instruments have been developed for the assessment of substance use in adolescents, mainly in the United States. However, few of them have been adapted to, and validated in, French-speaking populations. Consequently, although increasing alcohol and drug use among teenagers has become a major concern, the various health and social programs developed in response to this specific problem have received little attention with regard to follow-up and outcome assessment. A standardized multidimensional assessment instrument adapted for adolescents is needed to assess the individual needs of adolescents and assign them to the most appropriate treatment setting, to provide a single measurement within and across health and social systems, and to conduct treatment outcome evaluations. Moreover, having an available instrument makes it possible to develop longitudinal and transcultural research studies. For this reason, a French version of the Adolescent Drug Abuse Diagnosis (ADAD) was developed and validated at the University Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland. This article aims to discuss the methodological issues that we faced when using the ADAD instrument in a 4-year longitudinal study including adolescent substance users. Methodological aspects relating to the content and format of the instrument, the assessment administration and the statistical analyses are discussed.
Adolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Adult, Cross-Cultural Comparison, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Language, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Models, Statistical, Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Psychometrics, Referral and Consultation, Regression Analysis, Reproducibility of Results, Severity of Illness Index, Substance-Related Disorders, Switzerland, Treatment Outcome, United States
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