Validation of the revised Self-Administered Alcohol Screening Test (SAAST-R)

Christi A. Patten, Kristin S. Vickers, Kenneth P. Offord, Paul A. Decker, Robert C. Colligan, Carrie Bronars, Michael M. Reese, Richard J. Seime, Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, Richard D. Hurt

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Abstract

This study examined the sensitivity and specificity of the revised Self-Administered Alcohol Screening Test (SAAST-R)1 among adult outpatients evaluated at community addictions and psychiatry and psychology clinics. A total of 417 adults (mean ± SD age of 41.4 ± 15.0 years, 52% female, 91% Caucasian) completed the 36-item SAAST-R prior to their evaluation. Based on the clinician's documentation of the patient's alcohol use, two criterion groups were established: one composed of subjects classified as having no alcohol problems (n = 214), and one with alcohol problems (n = 203). The SAAST-R was found to have high internal consistency reliability (Cronbach's alpha = 0.96), sensitivity (90%), and specificity (82%) for differentiating outpatients with and without alcohol problems, respectively, using a cut point of ≥4 to indicate risk for alcohol-related problems. The SAAST-R was found to have good sensitivity and specificity among both males and females.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-421
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal on Addictions
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Patten, C. A., Vickers, K. S., Offord, K. P., Decker, P. A., Colligan, R. C., Bronars, C., Reese, M. M., Seime, R. J., Hall-Flavin, D. K., & Hurt, R. D. (2006). Validation of the revised Self-Administered Alcohol Screening Test (SAAST-R). American Journal on Addictions, 15(6), 409-421. https://doi.org/10.1080/10550490600996322