ERIC Number: ED133636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Methods of Studying Illicit Drug Usage. Technical Report.
Brown, George H.; Harding, Francis D.
The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of several methods of acquiring data on the nontherapeutic use of drugs. Data were collected by means of an anonymous questionnaire, a Randomized Inquiry technique, and a Card-Sort procedure. Subjects totaled approximately 1,100 enlisted men, noncommissioned officers, and junior officers, both Vietnam veterans and men without such experience. The sample was obtained from four Army posts between September and November, 1971. For enlisted men, the questionnaire and the Randomized Inquiry technique yielded substantially equivalent drug usage rates; for officers, the Randomized Inquiry technique yielded somewhat higher rates than the questionnaire. The Card-Sort procedure, as used here, was less effective as a method of collecting data on drug usage. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Chief of Research and Development (Army), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.