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Protocol - Perceived Harm of Substance Use

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This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Availability:

Publicly available

Description:

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the United States civilian noninstitutionalized population, ages 12 and older. These select NSDUH questions (11-item scale) probe a respondent’s perception about the harm of smoking, taking illegal drugs, and consuming alcohol on four or five occasions. The four response categories range from no risk to great risk.

Protocol:

1. How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they smoke one or more packs of cigarettes per day?

[ ] 1 No Risk

[ ] 2 Slight Risk

[ ] 3 Moderate Risk

[ ] 4 Great Risk

 
[ ]
DK/REF

2. How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they smoke marijuana once a month?

[ ] 1 No Risk

[ ] 2 Slight Risk

[ ] 3 Moderate Risk

[ ] 4 Great Risk

 
[ ]
DK/REF

3. How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they smoke marijuana once or twice a week?

[ ] 1 No Risk

[ ] 2 Slight Risk

[ ] 3 Moderate Risk

[ ] 4 Great Risk

 
[ ]
DK/REF

4. How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they try LSD once or twice?

[ ] 1 No Risk

[ ] 2 Slight Risk

[ ] 3 Moderate Risk

[ ] 4 Great Risk

 
[ ]
DK/REF

5. How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they use LSD once or twice a week?

[ ] 1 No Risk

[ ] 2 Slight Risk

[ ] 3 Moderate Risk

[ ] 4 Great Risk

 
[ ]
DK/REF

6. How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they try heroin once or twice?

[ ] 1 No Risk

[ ] 2 Slight Risk

[ ] 3 Moderate Risk

[ ] 4 Great Risk

 
[ ]
DK/REF

7. How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they use heroin once or twice a week?

[ ] 1 No Risk

[ ] 2 Slight Risk

[ ] 3 Moderate Risk

[ ] 4 Great Risk

 
[ ]
DK/REF

8. How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they use cocaine once a month?

[ ] 1 No Risk

[ ] 2 Slight Risk

[ ] 3 Moderate Risk

[ ] 4 Great Risk

 
[ ]
DK/REF

9. How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they use cocaine once or twice a week?

[ ] 1 No Risk

[ ] 2 Slight Risk

[ ] 3 Moderate Risk

[ ] 4 Great Risk

 
[ ]
DK/REF

10. How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they have four or five drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day?

[ ] 1 No Risk

[ ] 2 Slight Risk

[ ] 3 Moderate Risk

[ ] 4 Great Risk

 
[ ]
DK/REF

11. How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they have five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week?

[ ] 1 No Risk

[ ] 2 Slight Risk

[ ] 3 Moderate Risk

[ ] 4 Great Risk

 
[ ]
DK/REF

Personnel and Training Required

If an interviewer prepares the survey for self-administration, the interviewer must be trained and found competent to conduct personal interviews with individuals from the general population.

Equipment Needs

None

Requirements

Requirement CategoryRequired
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individualNo
Major equipmentNo
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collectionNo
Specialized trainingNo

Mode of Administration

Self-administered

Life Stage:

Adolescent, Adult

Specific Instructions:

Items should be used individually for the substance of interest being considered in the study. Responses to drug-specific questions are typically analyzed in terms of the fraction of the respondents who report "great risk" (as compared to the fraction who respond "moderate", "slight", or "no risk").

Research Domain Information

Release Date:

February 24, 2012

Definition

Instrument used to gather respondents’ perceptions on how much they think people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when using certain drugs and other substances, including cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, LSD, heroin, and cocaine.

Purpose

The purpose of this measure is to collect information from respondents on their thoughts about the physical and health risk associated with using certain drugs and other substances. These perceptions of harm have been shown to be negatively correlated with use and first onset of use.

Selection Rationale

The protocol from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health was selected because this survey is a primary source of information on perceptions of substance use risk in the civilian, noninstitutionalized adult population of the United States. The study was initiated in 1971, and it is currently conducted on an annual basis making it one of the nation’s largest databases on drug use. It provides both national and state-level data. A similar 14-item scale is also used in the Monitoring the Future Survey of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students.

Language

English, Spanish

Standards

StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE)Substance use Perceived Harm Questionnaire Assessment Score3373287CDE Browser

Process and Review

This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Source

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2009). 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Computer-assisted interviewing (CAI) specifications for programming, English Version. Rockville, MD: Author. Risk/Availability Section. Questions RK01a-RK01k.

General References

Bachman, J. G., Johnston, L. D., & O’Malley, P. M. (1998). Explaining the recent increases in students’ marijuana use: Impacts of perceived risks and disapproval, 1976 through 1996. American Journal of Public Health, 88, 887-892.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2011). Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of national findings (NSDUH Series H-41, HHS Publication No. [SMA] 11-4658). Rockville, MD: Author.

Protocol ID:

550401

Variables:

Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX550401_Harm_Smoke_DailyPX550401010000How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they smoke one or more packs of cigarettes per day?4N/A
PX550401_Harm_Smoke_Marijuana_MonthlyPX550401020000How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they smoke marijuana once a month?4N/A
PX550401_Harm_Marijuana_WeeklyPX550401030000How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they smoke marijuana once or twice a week?4N/A
PX550401_Harm_Lsd_Once_Or_TwicePX550401040000How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they try LSD once or twice?4N/A
PX550401_Harm_Lsd_WeeklyPX550401050000How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they use LSD once or twice a week?4N/A
PX550401_Harm_Heroin_Once_Or_TwicePX550401060000How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they try heroin once or twice?4N/A
PX550401_Harm_Heroin_WeeklyPX550401070000How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they use heroin once or twice a week?4N/A
PX550401_Harm_Cocaine_MonthlyPX550401080000How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they use cocaine once a month?4N/A
PX550401_Harm_Cocaine_WeeklyPX550401090000How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they use cocaine once or twice a week?4N/A
PX550401_Harm_Four_Five_Drinks_DailyPX550401100000How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they have four or five drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day?4N/A
PX550401_Harm_FiveOrMore_Drinks_WeeklyPX550401110000How much do people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they have five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week?4N/A