Can We Do Without Alcohol Abusers’ Self-Reports?
The Behavior Therapist
Although the literature generally supports the reliability and validity of alcohol abusers' self-reports, it is important to note that this conclusion may not be generalizable to other than clinical populations. Studies are reviewed that compared these self-reports with official records, reports by collaterals, and biochemical test reports; assessed drinking over extended periods of time; and examined the effects of interview setting conditions and population variables. It is concluded that there is no reason not to use alcoholics' self-reports, although corroborative measures should be obtained.
Sobell, L. C.,
Sobell, M. B.
(1986). Can We Do Without Alcohol Abusers’ Self-Reports?. The Behavior Therapist, 9(7), 141-146.
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