ERIC Number: EJ747169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct-12
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Adolescent Substance Abuse in Mexico, Puerto Rico and The United States: Effect of Anonymous versus Confidential Survey Formats
Latimer, William W.; O'Brien, Megan S.; Vasquez, Marco A.; Medina-Mora, Maria Elena; Rios-Bedoya, Carlos F.; Floyd, Leah J.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, v16 n1 p69-89 Oct 2006
Anonymous surveys have been widely used worldwide to describe adolescent substance use yet cannot elucidate causal drug abuse predictors. Studies in the U.S. have generally found that anonymous and confidential surveys yield comparable levels of self-reported substance use, yet the effect of survey format on youth self-report has not been evaluated in other countries. The present study compared data from the confidential International Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health with anonymously collected survey data on alcohol and marijuana use among school-based youth in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. The findings suggest that confidential surveys yield valid self-reports of adolescent substance use.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Substance Abuse, Foreign Countries, Confidentiality, Surveys, Cross Cultural Studies, Drinking, Marijuana, Measurement Techniques, Data Collection, Longitudinal Studies, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico; Puerto Rico; United States