College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Psychometric Characteristics of a Spanish version of the DAST-10 and the RAGS.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2006

Keywords

Cross-Cultural Research, Hispanics, Drug Abuse, Psychometric Properties

Publication Title

Addictive Behaviors

ISSN

0306-4603

Volume

31

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

Although Hispanics/Latinos constitute the largest ethnic minority group in the United States, there are few culturally and linguistically valid Spanish language clinical assessment instruments. This shortage is even more critical in the addictions field. This article presents the psychometric characteristics of two drug abuse screening instruments; the Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10), and the Reduce Annoyed Guilty Start (RAGS) test that were translated into Spanish. Participants included 60 drug abusers, 35 alcohol abusers, and 127 individuals with no alcohol and/or drug problem. Results indicated that the Spanish versions of the two drug abuse screening instruments were reliable and unidimensional and differentiated drug abusers from non-substance abusers and from alcohol abusers.

DOI

10.1016/j.addbeh.2005.05.012

ResearchID/ORCID ID

0000-0001-7705-3993, A-9952-2009, A-8950-2009