This article describes the Drug Problem Index (DPI), a composite index measuring the interstate severity of drug abuse problems.
The DPI's components (drug-coded mortality, drug-defined arrest, and drug-treatment client rates) were selected because they were linked closely with drug abuse, data were available for all states, and there was published evidence of their validity.
The variables were reliable, and their convergent validity was estimated in a multi-trait, multi-method matrix.
We found evidence consistent with the DPI's construct validity in its relations with other consequences of drug abuse.
The DPI correlated significantly with the Block Grant drug need index but not with model estimates of drug dependence based on the National Household Survey.
Mots-clés Pascal : Toxicomanie, Répartition géographique, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Epidémiologie, Echelle évaluation, Validation test, Psychométrie, Fidélité test, Santé mentale, Homme, Drug Problems Index McAuliffe et al
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Drug addiction, Geographic distribution, United States, North America, America, Epidemiology, Evaluation scale, Test validation, Psychometrics, Test reliability, Mental health, Human
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