Title

Substance and Behavioral Addictions Assessment Instruments

Document Type

Book Section

Publication Date

9-10-2020

Publication Title

Cambridge Handbook of Substance and Behavioral Addictions

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

First page number:

87

Last page number:

105

Abstract

Efficient and organized assessment of addiction is essential for research, treatment planning, and referral to specialized services. The goal of this chapter is to provide basic concepts and examples of formalized assessment for substance and nonsubstance (behavioral) addictions including: alcohol and other drug use, food/eating, gambling, exercise, sex/love, and internet use. Measures of reliability and validity are discussed for each measure presented and include examples of self-report measures, interviews, screening instruments and diagnostic tools. The chapter also relates assessment measures to the criteria for diagnosis using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders where appropriate. Current gaps in research on the conceptualization and operationalization of addiction are discussed in relation to the development, testing and effectiveness of assessment tools for substance and behavioral addictions.

Keywords

Clinical assessment; Behavioral and substance addiction; Reliability; Validity; Self-report; Screening; Diagnostic

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Mental and Social Health | Substance Abuse and Addiction

Language

English

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