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Author: Harrison, Ellen R.
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1. Harrison, Ellen R.
Haaga, John
Richards, Toni
Self-Reported Drug Use Data: What Do They Reveal?
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 19,4 (December 1993): 423-441.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Keyword(s): Drug Use; Epidemiology; Gender Differences; Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes; Self-Reporting; Substance Use

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This study examines self-reported marijuana and cocaine use responses from two nationally representative surveys. It compares prevalence rates across birth cohorts for multiple years of the National Household Survey of Drug Abuse (NHSDA) and also analyzes longitudinal inconsistencies in self-reported drug use between two waves of the National Longitudinal Survey Youth Cohort (NLSY). The percentages of respondents admitting use within the past month, year, and lifetime were comparable and consistent with the declining trend in drug use in the late 1980s. Using NLSY data, the study found that roughly one-fifth of the respondents who had admitted using marijuana or cocaine in their lifetime on the 1984 survey subsequently denied ever having used in 1988. The majority of these cases were people who reported having used infrequently. The subsample of women had similar patterns. In addition, the study discovered that women who had been pregnant between the two surveys were more likely to inconsistently deny having ever used, while those who were currently pregnant responded more honestly about their past use.
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Harrison, Ellen R., John Haaga and Toni Richards. "Self-Reported Drug Use Data: What Do They Reveal?" American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 19,4 (December 1993): 423-441.