Toward Uniform Data Collection and Monitoring of Israeli and Palestinian Adolescent Drug Use

  • Richard IsralowitzEmail author
  • Mohammed Afifi
  • Alexander Reznik
Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)


The aim of this chapter is to provide the reader with information about the development of a simple and short survey instrument to monitor drug use and related problem behavior among high-risk youth in the Middle East. The development of the instrument occurred in three main phases: (1) collection of existing surveys; (2) contact with relevant health professionals in the United States, in Europe, and in the region; and (3) assessment of prevention and treatment priorities among service providers addressing adolescent drug abuse and addiction problems. Issues for the development of the Substance Use Survey Instrument (SUSI) were refined through consultation with experts and adolescents. During a period of more than 15 years, the valid and reliable instrument has been modified and updated numerous times to address new substances and to simplify the questions asked because of the limited reading comprehension of the target population. Although the instrument is primarily for use with youth at risk including those who dropped out of school, the nature of the instrument has been modified for use with other groups including young adults and adults.


Adolescent Drug Abuse Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Inadequate Physical Activity Related Problem Behavior Relevant Health Professional 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Isralowitz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mohammed Afifi
    • 2
  • Alexander Reznik
    • 3
  1. 1.Spitzer Department of Social WorkBen Gurion UniversityBeer ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.Senior Research AssociateRegional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research (RADAR) Center, Ben Gurion UniversityBeer ShevaIsrael
  3. 3.Substance Abuse Research CenterGazaPalestine

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