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Gender Differences in the Validity of the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory-3 (SASSI-3) with a Criminal Justice Population

NCJ Number
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology Volume: 55 Issue: 3 Dated: May 2011 Pages: 476-491
Deanna M. Perez; Eric D. Wish
Date Published
May 2011
16 pages
This study explored the effectiveness of using the Subbstance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory-3 (SASSI-3) for inmates diagnosed with substance dependence.
The Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory3 is a brief, self-administered screening tool designed to measure the probability of having a substance dependence disorder. The present study assessed the validity of this instrument with an inmate population using a DSM-IV diagnosis of substance dependence as the criterion measure. The study also examined instrument validity by gender. Findings revealed differences in the prediction of dependence between male and female inmates. The advantages and shortcomings of the instrument are discussed in light of these findings, and suggestions for future research are advanced. (Published Abstract)