Methodological issues in the epidemiological study of alcohol-drug problems: Sources of confusion and misunderstanding

Joseph Westermeyer

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Abstract

Epidemiological research on psychoactive substance use disorders can and sometimes does lead to conclusions that are mutually conflicting. A current example is the apparent drop in substance use among adolescents in schools, with continuing high levels of substance-associated adolescent suicide, hospitalization, and crime. In an effort to clarify such differences, the author underscores the importance of understanding the three most common epidemiological methods. Each has different histories, advantages, liabilities, inherent value sets, and disparate-but-overlapping purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-55
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume16
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

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