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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A brief summary of how to administer the SASSI-A2.

by Todd


The SASSI-A2 was developed by Dr. Glenn A. Miller.  The original adult version of the SASSI was published in 1988 and quickly became one of the most widely used substance abuse screening instruments.  The SASSI-A2 was published in 1994 and became just as popular for screening clients twelve to eighteen years of age.  The SASSI-A2 boasts a 94% instrument accuracy.  However, it is not intended to prove a substance disorder diagnosis, but to be single component of a comprehensive screening process.  The self-report questionnaire takes approximately fifteen minutes to complete, and can be administered by any human service worker trained in proper administration procedures.


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