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Adolescent Drug Involvement Scale: ADIS

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Acronym:

ADIS.

Author/Developer / Address:

Paul Moberg, Ph.D.
Director and Senior Scientist.
Center for Health Policy and Program Evaluation.
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.
502 North Walnut Street.
Madison, WI, 53705-2335.
(608) 263-1304. Fax: (608) 265-3255.
E-mail: dpmoberg@facstaff.wisc.edu

Publication dates:

1982

Description / Type of Assessment:

ADIS is a 13-item self-reported instrument.

Primary use / Purpose:

ADIS was developed as a research and evaluation tool to distinguish heavier, problematic drug users from users less involved in drug use and experiencing minimal problems related to their use.

Domains measured / Life Areas / Problems Assessed:

ADIS was designed as a unidimensional measure of drug involvement. Drug involvement is defined in terms of consequences, motivations, and sense of control, rather than merely in terms of use levels.

Population:

Adolescents.

Administration / Completion Time:

Approximately 5 minutes.

Scoring Procedures:

Only items 1-12 are scored. For each item 1-12, add the highest weight circled. The higher the total score, the more serious the level of drug involvement.

Scoring Time:

2 minutes.

Credentials/Training:

Not necessary.

Source of Psychometrics:

See relevant studies (Moberg.doc).

Languages:

English.

Availability / Inquiries:

Paul Moberg (see addresses above).

Price:

ADIS is in the public domain.

Practicability / usefulness:

The scale shows promise as a research and brief screening instrument, going beyond measuring only patterns in order to assess severity of drug involvement. Limitations include the scale's construction as a unidimensional operational measure not tied to a specific set of assessment criteria, the demographic characteristics of the validation sample (white Midwestern youth from small cities and rural areas), and the lack of data regarding youth drawn at random rather than from intervention/treatment populations.

Relevant Studies
Adolescent Drug Involvement Scale
Moberg, D.P., Hahn, L. The Adolescent Drug Involvement Scale. Journal of Adolescent Chemical Dependency, 2(1), 75-88, (1991).

The Adolescent Drug Involvement Scale (ADIS) was developed as a research and evaluation tool to measure level of drug involvement in adolescents. The scale is an adaptation of Mayer and Filstead Adolescent Alcohol Involvement Scale. For purposes of interpretation, drug involvement is considered as a continuum ranging from no use to severe dependence. The AIDS was administered to 453 adolescents referred to three programs. Results indicate that internal consistency was acceptable (alpha = .85) and provide preliminary evidence of validity. AIDS scores correlated highly (e.g., r = .72) with self-reported levels of drug use, with subjects' perceptions of the severity of their own drug use problems (r = .79), and with clinical assessments (r= .75). The scale shows promise as a research and brief screening instrument, going beyond measuring only patterns in order to assess severity of drug involvement. Limitations include the scale's construction as a unidimensional operational measure not tied to a specific set of assessment criteria, the demographic characteristics of the validation sample (white Midwestern youth from small cities and rural areas), and the lack of data regarding youth drawn at random rather than from intervention/treatment populations.

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