Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. Tweak


Barriers Identified
Alcohol Use

Number and Types of Questions
Five questions; four 'yes' or 'no' questions (similar to UNCOPE and CAGE)

Target Population
Pregnant women

Methodological Information
Validated among women. 7 'Tolerance' and 'Worried' questions each contribute two points; other three items contribute one point each. Tolerance score of two given if applicant reports being able to hold six or more drinks. A total score of two indicates that obstetric patients are likely to be risk drinkers. Cut-points of three and four are better than two for identifying harmful drinking and alcoholism.

Paper and pencil; self-administered or interview setting; computer administration also available. Requires less than two minutes to complete. No training is required for administration.

Not available

Source or Publisher
Marcia Russell, Ph.D.
Research Institute on Addictions
1021 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

State(s) Believed to be Using
None identified

7  Russell, M. and J. B. Skinner. Early Measures of Maternal Alcohol Misuse as Predictors of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes. Alcoholism Clin Exp Res 12(6)824-830, 1988.

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