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Personal Experience Inventory for Adults (PEI-A)

User Information



Author/Developer / Address:

Ken Winters, Ph.D.
Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse
Department of Psychiatry
Box 393, Mayo Building
University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 626-2879. winte001@tc.Umn.edu

George Henly, Ph.D.
Department of Counseling
University of North Dakota
Box 8262. University Station
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Publication dates:


Description / Type of Assessment:

PEI-A is a 270-items self-report (Questionnaire).

Primary use / Purpose:

To identify problems commonly associated with substance abuse.
PEI is designed to document the onset, nature and degree of alcohol and other substance involvement, and to identify the personal and environmental risk factors that may precipitate or maintain substance abuse, as well as highlight areas to be addressed during drug treatment.

Domains measured / Life Areas / Problems Assessed:

Substance use problem severity (10 scales).
Treatment receptiveness: 1 scale.
Substance use frequency/onset: 20 items.
Personal risk factors (8 scales).
Environmental risk factors (3 scales).
Problem screens (10 screens).
Validity indices (5 scales).



Administration / Completion Time:

45--60 minutes.

Scoring Procedures:

Not specified.

Scoring Time:

Not specified.


A formal training program is not essential.

Source of Psychometrics:

Ken Winters, Ph.D. (See address above).


English and Spanish.

Availability / Inquiries:

Ken Winters, Ph.D. See address above
Tony Gerard, Ph.D.
Senior Project Director
Western Psychological Services
12031 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 478-2061


$135.00 per PEI-A kit (including Manual and 5 prepaid Mail-In Answer Booklets)
$45 per PEI-A manual
$15.90-$18.50 per PEI-A test depending on size of order and scoring method.

Practicability / usefulness:

PEI-A is targeted for clinical settings that conduct comprehensive substance abuse evaluations for adults. This instrument is designed to provide clinicians with a "comprehensive and standardized tool" to assist in the identification, referral and treatment of problems commonly associated with alcohol and substance abuse.
The PEI-A is not intended for use as a survey research instrument or as a formal diagnostic tool, and is best suited for providing a comprehensive assessment for decision-making and treatment planning.


PEI-A is part of a three-tool assessment system, the Minnesota Chemical Dependency Adolescent Assessment Package (MCDAAP). MCDAAP also includes a structured diagnostic interview, the Adolescent Diagnostic Interview, and a brief screening tool, the Personal Experience Screening Questionnaire. As an assessment system, MCDAAP is intended to assist with screening, evaluation, and treatment planning.


Page last updated: Thursday, 15 July 2004