Comparison of alcoholics' self-reports of drinking behavior with reports of collateral informants

Stephen A. Maisto, Linda C. Sobell, Mark B. Sobell

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Abstract

Collected 6-mo posthospitalization follow-up data from 52 alcoholics and their collateral informants. Ss' self-reports and collateral reports of Ss' drinking were highly correlated when Ss had been either mostly abstinent or mostly drunk throughout the follow-up period. Findings suggest that (a) alcoholics who have been hospitalized for detoxification generally provide reliable self-reports of their posttreatment drinking behavior, and (b) gathering data from collateral informants is an effective method for corroborating alcoholics' self-reports of drinking behavior. (16 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-112
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1979
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • self vs collateral reports, drinking behavior during 6-mo posthospitalization, alcoholics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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