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Texas Christian University Intake - Youth

User Information



Author/Developer / Address:

D. Dwayne Simpson, Ph.D., Director
Institute of Behavioral Research
Texas Christian University
TCU Box 298740
Fort Worth,
TX 76129
(817) 921-7226. (817) 921-7290 FAX.

Publication dates:


Description / Type of Assessment:

It is a structured Interview, to be applied by staff at Intake of clients to Residential treatment programs for youth substance misusers.

Primary use / Purpose:

To assess substance abuse and other life problems of adolescent clients.

Domains measured / Life Areas / Problems Assessed:

Sociodemographic and Family Background.
School and Employment Experience.
Legal Status.
Drug Use History.
Summary of Client Diagnosis.


Adolescents and Youth.

Administration / Completion Time:

Approximately 40 minutes.

Scoring Procedures:

The scoring instructions are available, together with TCU/PMES questionnaire forms, including all items and factors.

Scoring Time:

Less than 10 minutes.


No user manual and no specific training program are required by personnel qualified. A brief training period of several hours' duration is advisable, although it is not essential for personnel such as drug counsellors.

Source of Psychometrics:

The Institute of Behavioral Research at TCU (www.ibr.tcu.edu).



Availability / Inquiries:

D. Dwayne Simpson, Ph.D. See address above.The Institute of Behavioral Research at TCU (www.ibr.tcu.edu).


TCU/PMES is not copyrighted and permission to photocopy is granted without special permission.
$5.00 per copy of the full set of PMES forms (for printing and mailing).
Several TCU data collection instruments are available, without charge, from the Internet web site for the Institute of Behavioral Research at TCU (www.ibr.tcu.edu).

Practicability / usefulness:

To assess Needs and Client Characteristics at intake to treatment programs for youth.


The score obtained for an individual can be compared to the scores obtained by the normative sample.
TCU/PMES has not as yet had quite the in-depth psychometric development for establishing test-retest reliability and validity that some other instruments for the same purpose have had.
Compared to some of the other instruments, TCU/PMES is not as long and complicated, and the items are relatively simple and easy to understand.

Page last updated: Thursday, 15 July 2004