ERIC Number: ED333272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Assessment of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse with Referred Adolescents.
Fisher, Gary L.; Harrison, Thomas C.
Adolescents with alcohol or other drug problems may be referred to school psychologists for assessment and may demonstrate symptoms similar to handicapping conditions such as learning disabilities or emotional disturbances. School psychologists who work with these students need to have assessment techniques that will help them determine the probability that referred adolescents have alcohol or other drug problems. In this document, procedures in the referral and testing process which can assist the school psychologist in assessing the likelihood that alcohol and other drug use and abuse contribute to the academic and behavioral problems of adolescents are presented. Pre-referral questionnaires, initial interviews, behavioral observations, and assessment devices are discussed, along with suggestions for referring substance abusing adolescent and implications for the training of school psychologists. A brief overview of the extent of alcohol and other drug use among adolescents is included. Standardized assessment devices discussed include the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test, the Questionnaire on Drinking and Drug Abuse, the Life Skills Training Student Questionnaire, and the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory. The document concludes with the recommendations that course work in the alcohol and other drug field be included in the training of school psychologists and that such training be required for recertification. (NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting National Association of School Psychologists (22nd, San Francisco, CA, April 17-22, 1990).