College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Can We Do Without Alcohol Abusers’ Self-Reports?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1986

Publication Title

The Behavior Therapist

ISSN

0278-8403

Volume

9

Issue/No.

7

Abstract

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.

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