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What types of assessments and information are useful to determine the difference between a phase of problem drinking and a substance abuse or dependence problem in college students?

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The Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) has been improved upon, and the revision is the SASSI-3. This instrument used a sample of over 2000 respondents, and is believed to be a reliable and valid instrument to interpret substance dependence disorder (Miller, 1983). Most of the research participants were not listed as college students, but as people in addiction, vocational, sexual, psychiatric or dual diagnosis treatment facilities or hospitals (Miller, 1983). That does not mean that this test is not useful for college students, but when the norming group is different than the ...

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This solution outlines the types of assessments and information useful to determine the difference between a phase of problem drinking and a substance abuse or dependence problem in college students. Additionally, this solution provides two formatted references for furthers research of the topic.

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