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Adolescent Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory

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Identifies an adolescent's probability of having a substance use disorder
Paper and pencil
Age range:
12 years to 18 years
15 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The SASSI-A3 distinguishes likely substance use disorders from other psychological disorders, even when other psychological symptoms are present. New items reflect current teen alcohol and drug use patterns.

Features and benefits

  • A brief new scale, Prescription Drug (Rx), was added to accurately identify individuals likely to be abusing prescription medications.
  • Validated against the DSM-5 criteria for diagnosing substance use disorders.
  • Distinguishes likely substance use disorder (SUD) from other psychological disorders: The SASSI-A3 can accurately identify the presence and the absence of SUD, even when other psychological symptoms are present.
  • New subtle items were added to reflect current teen alcohol and drug use patterns and questions were updated to use contemporary teen verbiage.
  • Additional face valid items to identify symptoms represented in the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria.