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The Validity of Self-Reported Information From Prisoners in a Modified Therapeutic Community  

Author:  Matthew  Hiller.; Egle  Narevic.

Source: Volume 06, Number 02, March/April 2006 , pp.17-19(3)

Offender Substance Abuse Report

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It is unclear whether sociodemographic and abuse history data of offenders are reported consistently over time, calling into question the accuracy of these records. To determine to what extent the self-reported information gleaned during interviews agreed with information contained in official prison files, the current study collected data through a brief self-report interview and compared this information with the information documented in the official prison file. The results show that there are discrepancies between reported and official data.

Keywords: data accuracy

Affiliations:  1: Temple University ; 2: San Jose State University.

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