College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Reliability of a Family Tree Questionnaire for Assessing Family History of Alcohol Problems

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1985

Keywords

Family history of problem drinking, Assessment, Reliability, Alcoholism, Pedigree, Questionnaires

Publication Title

Drug and Alcohol Dependence

ISSN

0376-8716

Volume

15

Issue/No.

1-2

Abstract

The test-retest reliability of a brief, easily administered questionnaire to assess family history of drinking problems was studied. Twenty alcoholic and twenty non-alcoholic volunteers completed the questionnaire on each of two occasions separated by about 2 weeks. The reliability of classification of first- and second-degree relatives as problem drinkers or alcoholics was examined, using both liberal and conservative diagnostic criteria. In general, both sets of criteria produced satisfactory test-retest reliability; one possible exception occurred when alcoholics' second-degree relatives were classified using the conservative criteria. The liberal criteria seemed to provide a more sensitive index of familial alcoholism.

DOI

10.1016/0376-8716(85)90030-4

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