Year: 2018

Ramos, Mary M.; Wamer, Teddy; Rosero, Daisy V.; Condon, Timothy P.

The CHISPA was developed to gather specific information on recent substance use experience to guide brief interventions for adolescents, and is designed to be used in conjuction with positive CRAFFT screens. The name is an acronym of "Cocaine, Heroin, IV drugs, Synthetic pot, Pot, Alcohol," with the term "chispa" also meaning "spark" in Spanish.

Respondents are asked to report on 6 items: (1) which substances, if any, from a list of 15 were used during the past 3 months; (2) the frequency of substance use overall during the past 3 months; (3) which, if any, of 10 listed signs of addiction or acute danger/adverse events occurred in the past 3 months when using alcohol or drugs; (4) for the most recent report card from school, the number of courses for which each letter grade (A, B, C, e.g.) was received; (5) how much they want to stop or reduce their use of alcohol or other drugs (on a scale of 0=not at all to 3=a lot); and (6) whether they have ever tried to stop or reduce their use of alcohol or other drugs (on a scale of 0=never to 3=yes, all the time).

Instrument Use & Availability

Copyright information unavailable. A list of the scale's items can be found in Table 1 of the source reference (Ramos MM et al, 2018).

For more information, contact:
Mary M. Ramos, MD, MPH
Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
University of New Mexico
email: mramos@salus.unm.edu

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Instrument Details:

Source Reference:Ramos MM, Warner T, Rosero DV, Condon TP. A clinical instruction to guide brief interventions for adolescents with substance use concerns. Substance Abuse 2018;39(1):110-115.
Population studied:Adolescents
Instrument Type:Screening
Administration/Scoring:The CHISPA takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Validity/Reliability:CHISPA shows preliminary evidence of reliability and validity (see source reference for more detail).

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