Recent studies suggest that measures used to identify problem drinking in adults may not be developmentally appropriate for adolescents, and that existing adolescent alcohol screening instruments are too long to be administered by Emergency Department (ED) staff or during routine visits in other health care settings. Under this project, the investigators will conduct an alcohol diagnostic screening study with adolescents in an urban hospital ED and develop a brief, low-cost method to effectively identify adolescents who may benefit from an alcohol use intervention. Potential screening instruments will be rigorously evaluated with respect to sensitivity, predictive validity, and ease of administration in a busy hospital setting. The resulting screen could potentially be replicated in a range of health care settings and could form the basis for early identification and intervention programs for adolescent problem drinking.
Amount Awarded $46,000.00
Awarded on: 10/17/1997
Time frame: 11/1/1997 - 10/31/1999
Grant Number: 32502