Research Methods in the Study of Substance Abuse

  • Jonathan B. VanGeest
  • Timothy P. Johnson
  • Sonia A. Alemagno

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jonathan B. VanGeest, Timothy P. Johnson, Sonia A. Alemagno
      Pages 3-25
  3. Quantitative Approaches

  4. Qualitative and Mixed-Method Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Henry H. Brownstein
      Pages 147-159
    3. Jacqueline W. Curtis, Andrew Curtis
      Pages 161-178
  5. Measurement Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Timothy J. Grigsby, Steve Sussman, Chih-Ping Chou, Susan L. Ames
      Pages 197-233
    3. Brian E. Perron, David Cordova, Christopher Salas-Wright, Michael G. Vaughn
      Pages 235-249
    4. Timothy P. Johnson, Jonathan B. VanGeest
      Pages 251-283
    5. Michael Fendrich, Timothy P. Johnson, Jessica Becker
      Pages 285-313
  6. Special Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. Dianne L. Kerr, Willie H. Oglesby
      Pages 317-340
    3. Dianne L. Kerr, Willie H. Oglesby
      Pages 341-355
    4. Sage Kim, Michael Puisis
      Pages 357-376
  7. Policy Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 377-377
    2. Willie H. Oglesby, Lauren Birmingham
      Pages 393-409
    3. Peggy Stephens, Zili Sloboda, Deric Kenne
      Pages 411-440
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 441-450

About this book


This authoritative handbook reviews the most widely-used methods for studying the use and abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs. Its thorough coverage spans the range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches to documenting and measuring the complex psychological, behavioral, and physical experience of substance misuse and dependence, to ensure valid, useful results. Experts discuss special issues and considerations for conducting ethical research with specialized populations, including youth, inmates, and the LGBT community. Throughout these chapters, contributors demonstrate the multidisciplinary nature of substance abuse research, with emphasis on professional ethics and the critical role of research in developing best practices and effective policy for prevention and treatment.

Among the topics covered:


·         Transdisciplinary research perspective: a theoretical framework for substance abuse research.

·         Longitudinal methods in substance use research

·         Considerations in blending qualitative and quantitative components in substance abuse research

·         The use of biological measures in social research on drug misuse

·         Using surveys to study substance use behavior

·         Applications of GIS to inform substance abuse research and interventions

·         Evaluating substance use prevention and treatment programs

Research Methods in the Study of Substance Abuse is an essential resource for health services and public health professionals, policymakers, and researchers working and training in the field of addiction. It encourages the rigor and understanding necessary to address widespread social and public health concerns.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan B. VanGeest
    • 1
  • Timothy P. Johnson
    • 2
  • Sonia A. Alemagno
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Health Policy and Management, College of Public HealthKent State UniversityKentUSA
  2. 2.Survey Research Laboratory, Department of Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public AffairsUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Health Policy and Management, College of Public HealthKent State UniversityKentUSA

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