Screening and assessment instruments for use in Indigenous-­specific alcohol and drug treatment rehabilitation

Stephens, Anne, Bohanna, India, Graham, Deborah, and Clough, Alan R. (2013) Screening and assessment instruments for use in Indigenous-­specific alcohol and drug treatment rehabilitation. Journal of Tropical Psychology, 3. pp. 1-11.

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Abstract

Objective: The study's aim was to review instruments suitable for assessing Australian Indigenous clients' treatment needs, and changes in wellbeing while receiving treatment for substance misuse at a culturally competent residential setting in north Queensland, Australia.

Method: Searches of electronic databases, previously published reviews and websites was conducted. Instruments were selected according to their use in alcohol and drug treatment, developed for and/or validated with Australian Indigenous populations and applicability to measuring wellbeing.

Findings: Forty instruments were identified and their characteristics summarised according to five descriptive categories: (1) evidence of psychometric utility and previous use in alcohol and drug treatment settings, (2) developed for, used with, and/or validated specifically for Australian Indigenous populations, (3) a flexible administrative method of self-report and/or interview, (4) an administration time of less than 20 minutes and (5) freely accessible in the public domain.

Conclusions: Few instruments were found to have been validated specifically for use with Australian Indigenous people for use in drug and alcohol treatment. In order to measure wellbeing change and effective treatment, it may be possible to appropriately modify mainstream instruments, however, validation and sensitivity assessment of instruments for use with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, is urgently required.

Item ID: 28970
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, wellbeing, psychometric instruments, therapeutic community, review
ISSN: 1838-9902
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2013 02:21
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 30%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 100%
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