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Htm[26-8-2010 11:55:55] Research Methodology and Data had at least two periods of sixteen to thirty consecutive days of opiate use. " As these criteria indicate, the definition of "control" used in the NIDA study had none of the judgmental fuzziness that had characterized the DAC study. Instead, the question of how differences in current functioning (and other characteristics) related to level of use was determined empirically by comparing subjects who had been grouped by frequency of use alone.
Basic demographic information (age, sex, race, social class, education, employment) 2. Family history 3. htm[26-8-2010 11:55:55] Research Methodology and Data 4 . Current social circumstances, including relationship to work, school, family, mate or spouse, and friends 5. Details of drug-using situations and attitudes toward use 6. Interviewer's assessment of general psychological state 7. Opinions regarding drug laws and regulations, drug education, drug culture, and related issues. ) The content of the interview was altered at several points during the study as our contact with subjects suggested new areas that deserved attention and as criticism and recommendations were received from indigenous data gatherers.
1976), and more particularly, studies involving illicit narcotics use (Ball 1967; Maddux, Williams & Lehman 1969; Stephens 1972; Maddux & Desmond 1975; Bonito, Nurco & Shaffer 1976; Robins 1979). There are, it seems, few exceptions to these findings of high reliability and validity. When Newman et al. (1976) found discrepancies among multiple selfreports of age of first use of narcotics, they were able to give two plausible explanations for the discrepancies: first, subjects may have been motivated to oyerstate the length of their drug use in order to enhance their chances of admittance to a drug-treatment program; and second, both the subjects and the staff who did the interviewing seemed to attach little importance to the age of first use.