1. Adolescent Substance Abuse Goal Commitment Questionnaire (ASAGC)

Year: 2016

Kaminer, Yifrah; Ohannessian, Christine McCauley; McKay, James R.; Burke, Rebecca H.

This 16-item instrument measures committment to change, tailored to specific treatment objectives in adolescents with substance use disorders (SUD). It assesses the adolescent's commitment to his/her stated goal of substance abuse treatment. Although the ultimate goal of treatment is recovery (abstinence, relapse prevention), some youth might choose a harm reduction goal (i.e., decrease only in frequency and/or severity of use), or might drift between the two goals at different points in the continuity of care. Therefore, the instrument was designed to assess commitment to both these two goals.

Instrument Use & Availability

A copy of the scale's items can be found in Table 1 of the source reference.

For more information, contact:
Yifrah Kaminer, MD
Alcohol Research Center and Department of Psychiatry
University of CT School of Medicine
email: kaminer@uchc.edu

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Instrument Details:

Source Reference:Kaminer Y, et al. The Adolescent Substance Abuse Goal Commitment (ASAGC) Questionnaire: An examination of clinical utility and psychometric properties. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2016;61:42-46.
Population studied:Adolescents
Instrument Type:Clinician-administered interview; Assessment
Validity/Reliability:An exploratory factor analysis was conducted on the ATAGC items. Concurrent validity with related constructs, self-efficacy andmotivation for change,was examined as well. At both sessions, the factor analysis resulted in two scales – Commitment to Recovery and Commitment to Harm Reduction. The ASAGC scales were found to demonstrate a high level of internal consistency (alpha coefficients ranged from.92 to .96 over time). In contrast to the Commitment to Harm Reduction scale, the Commitment to Recovery scale consistently correlated with scales from the Situational Confidence Questionnaire assessing self-efficacy, evidencing concurrent validity. Similarly, the Commitment to Recovery scale was related to the ProblemRecognition Questionnaire, providing further evidence of the validity of the ASAGC. Kaminer et al, 2016; source reference).

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