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Adolescent Relapse Coping Questionnaire (ARCQ)

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Author/Developer / Address:

Mark Myers, Ph.D. Psychology 116B, VASDHS, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, California 92161 USA

Publication dates:

1990, revised 1994

Description / Type of Assessment:

34-item Self report measure to evaluate adolescent skills for coping with temptations to use alcohol and/or other drugs

Primary use / Purpose:

Assessment of adolescent substance abuser coping skills, evaluation of changes in coping skills over the course of treatment for adolescent substance use

Domains measured / Life Areas / Problems Assessed:

Coping skills for managing temptations to use alcohol and/or other drugs. Cognitive appraisal of relapse risk situations: motivation to abstain, confidence in abstaining.


Adolescents with alcohol and other drug problems

Administration / Completion Time:

Measure is self-report to be completed by teen. Usually completed in less than 15 minutes

Scoring Procedures:

Coping items are divided into 3 scales, scale scores are obtained by summing item scores.

Scoring Time:

5 minutes


No special training required

Source of Psychometrics:

Myers, M.G., & Brown, S.A. (1996). The Adolescent Relapse Coping Questionnaire: Psychometric validation. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 57, 40-46.




Available upon request from author



Practicability / usefulness:

This measure can be used in clinical settings to evaluate teens abilities to manage high risk for relapse situations as well as motivation and confidence for abstinence. Also can be used to assess changes during course of treatment.

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