College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

The Reliability of the Alcohol Timeline Followback When Administered By Telephone and By Computer

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1996

Keywords

Self-reports, Alcohol Abusers, Drinking Reliability, Timeline Followback, Microcomputers, Cognitive Therapy, Follow-Up Studies, Reproducibility of Results, Sampling Studies

Publication Title

Drug and Alcohol Dependence

ISSN

0376-8716

Volume

42

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

The Alcohol Timeline Followback (TLFB) has been shown to be a psychometrically sound assessment instrument for obtaining retrospective daily estimates of alcohol consumption. These evaluations, however, have been limited to face-to-face paper-and-pencil interviews. As use of the TLFB method has increased, investigators have reported using the method to collect follow-up data by telephone. Also, as with many assessment instruments, a computerized version of the TLFB method has been developed. The psychometric characteristics of the TLFB method under these administration conditions have not been evaluated. This paper presents results from two studies showing that the Alcohol TLFB method can obtain reliable drinking data when administered over the telephone and by computer.

DOI

10.1016/0376-8716(96)01263-X