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The Texas Christian University - Initial Assessment- Correctional Residential

User Information



Author/Developer / Address:

D. Dwayne Simpson, Ph.D.,
DirectorInstitute 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 used by staff of correctional residential settings for adolescent substance misusers.

Primary use / Purpose:

To assess clients status, needs and problems at initial contact.

Domains measured / Life Areas / Problems Assessed:

Mental Status (4 items).
Background and Psychosocial Functioning (15 items, some of them with multiple sub - items).
Alcohol and other Drug Use Background (age of onset and frequency of use - last six months for alcohol and other 8 substances, related problems, etc.).
Psychological Status (seven symptoms).


Counsellors working in correctional residential treatment programs for adolescents with substance misuse disorders.

Administration / Completion Time:

Approximately 45 minutes.

Scoring Procedures:

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

Scoring Time:

Approximately 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:

Screening instrument, useful for Process and Needs evaluation. To describe client characteristics and Needs in correctional and residential treatment programs for adolescent substance misusers.


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.
See Answer Cards (IACards.pdf among relevant documents).


Page last updated: Thursday, 15 July 2004