College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Validity of Self-Reports of Alcohol-Related Arrests by Alcoholics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1974

Keywords

Alcoholic Intoxication, Alcoholism, Memory, Questionnaires, Self Concept, Social Behavior Disorders

Publication Title

Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol

ISSN

0033-5649

Volume

35

Issue/No.

1-A

Abstract

Obtained and compared the number of arrests for public drunkenness and driving while intoxicated from self-reports of 70 hospitalized male alcoholics with official arrest records. Ss reported a total of 548 arrests; the official number was 451. The reports of 26 Ss were accurate, 27 Ss overreported, and 17 underreported their arrests. The correlation between self-reports and official records was .65. Arrests for public drunkenness were accurately reported by 24 of 62 Ss, overreported by 22, and underreported by 16; the corresponding numbers of arrests for drunken driving were 39, 9, and 14.

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