Drug Assessment Instruments and Their Relevance with Women
Author(s): Sam Choi, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Reviews of literature reveal that there is recognition of the importance of development women-sensitive drug assessment instrument. However, validating existing drug assessment instruments with women and development of women-sensitive assessment tools remain in opaque areas for scholarly inquiry. The purposes of this paper are twofold: 1) to investigate outcomes of evaluation studies of existing drug abuse assessment instruments in woman population samples; 2) to examine the status of the empirical studies on psychometric properties among those instruments. This review investigates four drug assessment instruments including ASI, DAST, DUSI, and MMPI-s. A review of literature yields little evidence that research has been responding to ensure gender differences in drug assessment instruments. This study finding suggests the great demands of further research on validating existing drug assessment instruments and development of women-sensitive assessment instruments.