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Problem Oriented Screening Instrument for Teenagers

The Problem Oriented Screening Instrument for Teenagers (POSIT) is a self-report screening tool that was developed as part of the Adolescent Assessment/Referral System (AARS) to identify potential problems among adolescent substance users. Elizabeth Rahdert of the National Institute on Drug Abuse designed the AARS as an early intervention system for troubled adolescents. The intervention system provides guidelines to professionals for screening and subsequent in-depth diagnostic evaluations, as well as an index of treatment resources for adolescent populations. The POSIT consists of 139 yes-or-no questions that assess 10 functional areas including the following: (1) Substance Use/Abuse, (2) Physical Health, (3) Mental Health Status, (4) Family Relationships, (5) Peer Relationships, (6) Educational Status, (7) Vocational Status, (8) Social Skills, (9) Leisure and Recreation, and (10) Aggressive Behavior/Delinquency. ...

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