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Effectiveness of the SASSI .3 in Screening for Substance Abuse Among Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury

Purpose: The purpose of the current study is to assess the validity of a screening instrument widely used in addictions treatment (the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory or "SASSI-3" ), when applied to adults with recent brain injuries.

Subjects: 200 persons who had cleared PTA and were receiving TBI rehabilitation; 70 subjects completed the instrument twice to assess test-retest reliability.

Results: Test-retest reliability for most of the subscales was under .75, however many of the items were reliable. New subscales were devised with the reliable items; decision rules were developed and cross-validated.

Conclusions: With some modifications, this instrument will likely have utility in this population; additional research is warranted.

Registry Project Number: 409
Lead Investigator: Corrigan, J
Lead Center for Project: Ohio State University
Collaborating Investigators: Bogner, J
Date of Completion: 08/30/2002
Type: Local
Status of Project: Latest Information Shown

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