The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4094.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - Board 8

Abstract #39141

Validity and reliability of a parent survey for adolescent substance abuse prevention

Lisa Carella, BS, CHES, Health Education, National Health Promotion Associates, Inc, 141 South Central Avenue, Suite 208, Hartsdale, NY 10530, (914) 421-2525, lmcarella@nhpanet.com and Kenneth W. Griffin, PhD, MPH, Psychology, Cornell Weill Medical College, 411 E 69 St., New York, NY 10021.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to test the psychometric properties of a recently developed survey for parents of adolescent children for substance abuse prevention.

Abstract Text: Over the past two decades a great deal of emphasis has been placed on the prevention of adolescent substance abuse, however little focus has been placed on the parentís role in prevention. The primary reason for this appears to be due to the limited availability of a valid and reliable tool to assess parental knowledge, attitudes and skills in regards to adolescent substance abuse prevention. The survey was designed to assess drug-specific knowledge, attitudes, and family-level risk factors associated with adolescent substance use.

Methodology: The survey was designed and modified by a group of experts in the drug abuse prevention field. A sample of fifty participants was recruited. All fifty subjects were parents or guardians with at least one child between the ages of 11 and 14 years old. A survey packet was mailed which included a cover letter explaining the purpose and requirements of the study, a parent survey, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to use to return the survey. Self-report data was collected using the anonymous survey.

Results: Results concerning content validity, construct validity and split-half reliability will be presented. These data will be used to finalize the questionnaire and used in clinical trial evaluation studies.

Learning Objectives:

Keywords: Substance Abuse Prevention, Family Involvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Etiology and Prevention of Substance Abuse among Youth Poster Session

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA