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ERIC Number: EJ940720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Agreement between Self-Report and Archival Public Service Utilization Data among Chronically Homeless Individuals with Severe Alcohol Problems
Clifasefi, Seema L.; Collins, Susan E.; Tanzer, Kenneth; Burlingham, Bonnie; Hoang, Sara E.; Larimer, Mary E.
Journal of Community Psychology, v39 n6 p631-644 Aug 2011
Public service utilization data are often used as key outcomes in studies on homelessness. Although self-report data on these outcomes are accessible and cost-effective, various factors may affect retrospective recall in homeless populations. It is therefore necessary to establish validity of self-report to ensure the integrity of studies involving such populations. Participants (N=134) were chronically homeless individuals with severe alcohol problems who participated in a housing first effectiveness trial (Larimer et al., 2009). The authors compared 30-day and 3-year retrospective self-report data on sobering center, jail, and hospital use with archival records corresponding to the same timeframes. Analyses indicated good category-specific agreement for 30-day self-report and archival data on sobering center (82%; [kappa]=0.58) and jail use (89%; [kappa]=0.60). Hospital use, however, was self-reported significantly more frequently than indicated by archival data (78%; [kappa]=0.30). Three-year data showed inadequate agreement across all three variables. (Contains 2 figures, 3 tables, and 1 footnote.)
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Language: English
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