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Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index (RAPI)

From: Concurrent Substance Use and Mental Health Problems in Youth: Screening for Concurrent Substance Use and Mental Health Problems in Youth (© 2009, CAMH)

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Brief description

The Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index (RAPI) screens for negative consequences of alcohol use3 The RAPI was recently adapted with a modified instruction set that asks the respondent to rate the items based on the substances used.

Appropriate target populations

The adapted version has been tested only among homeless adolescents.

Administration options

Formats available

_X_ self-administered (paper-and-pencil)

___ self-administered (computer)

___ clinician-administered

Time required

Ten minutes.

Languages available

_X_ English

___ French

___ Other

Accessibility and cost

_X_ no charge for use

___ use requires permission of test developer

___ use requires special training and/or professional or academic credentials

___ fee for use

Where to access

Helene Raskin White, Ph.D.
Erich Labouvie, Ph.D.
Center of Alcohol Studies
Rutgers University
P.O. Box 969
Piscataway, NJ 08855-0969
(732) 445-3579
Center of Alcohol Studies

Summary of test development data

Quality of reporting

Low, based on STARD rating (see Appendix, p.76)

Summary of validity and reliability data

Low, based on the limited validation work with this adapted version of the tool and modified instruction set.

3. White, H.R. & Labouvie, E.W. (1989). Toward the assessment of adolescent problem drinking. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 50, 30–37.