Validity of self-reported cocaine and opiate use among arrestees in five cities

Karen McElrath, Roger Dunham, Paul Cromwell

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Although several researchers have examined the validity of self-reported drug use, few studies have focused on those factors that affect validity. The present investigation uses Drug Use Forecasting data to identify predictors of valid self-reports among arrestees from five cities in the United States. The multivariate results show that factors affecting the misrepresentation of drug use vary by site and by drug category. Explanations for these findings are offered and suggestions for improving the validity of arrestees' self-reports are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-540
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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