Screening American Indian Youth for referral to drug abuse prevention and intervention services

Ken C. Winters, Jerome DeWolfe, Donald Graham, Wehnona St. Cyr

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Abstract

The development and psychometric properties of a brief screening tool for use with American Indian youth suspected of abusing substances is described. The Indian Health Service-Personal Experience Screening Questionnaire (IHS-PESQ) is a brief questionnaire that screens for drug abuse problem severity, response distortion tendencies, and psychosocial risk factors. The psychometric properties of the problem severity scale are favorable when tested in reservation-based American Indian students (grades 6-12). The paper also describes the role of the IHS-PESQ within a prevention, intervention and treatment referral system designed for American Indian youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-52
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 12 2006

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Assessment
  • Drug abuse

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