Validity of Self-Reports of Alcohol-Related Arrests by Alcoholics
Alcoholic Intoxication, Alcoholism, Memory, Questionnaires, Self Concept, Social Behavior Disorders
Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol
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.
Sobell, M. B.,
Sobell, L. C.,
Samuels, F. H.
(1974). Validity of Self-Reports of Alcohol-Related Arrests by Alcoholics. Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 35(1-A), 276-280.
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