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The Texas Christian University HIV/AIDS Risk Assessment

User Information

Acronym:

TCU/PMES - ARA

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.
www.ibr.tcu.edu

Publication dates:

1997

Description / Type of Assessment:

Structured Interview.

Primary use / Purpose:

To assess HIV/AIDS risks among clients of substance misuse treatment programs .

Domains measured / Life Areas / Problems Assessed:

Risk behaviour associated with injecting substance use. Risk behaviours associates with sexual relationships. Attitudes and Concerns.

Population:

Adolescents and adults.

Administration / Completion Time:

Approximately 10 minutes.

Scoring Procedures:

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

Scoring Time:

Less than 5 minutes.

Credentials/Training:

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).

Languages:

English.

Availability / Inquiries:

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

Price:

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 obtain a self-evaluation (for client description, screening and assessment of motivation for treatment and problems in the mentioned areas).

Comments:

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.

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