Development of the significant other survey: An interview for family members of substance users

Lois A. Benishek, Karen Leggett Dugosh, Tanya M. Faranda-Diedrich, Kimberly C. Kirby

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Abstract

The Significant Other Survey (SOS) is a semi-structured interview designed to measure the multidimensional problems experienced by family members with a substance abusing loved one. This article describes the development of the SOS and its psychometric properties based on data obtained from significant others of 110 substance abusing adults. Interrater and test-retest reliability estimates were within acceptable ranges, adequate internal consistency was demonstrated for six of seven problem domains, and the problem domains were low to moderately correlated with each other. Issues related to future instrument development and the utility of the SOS for both family practitioners and researchers are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-46
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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