Validity of Self-Reports of Alcohol-Related Arrests by Alcoholics
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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