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Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory-3

The Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory-3 (SASSI-3) is one of many instruments designed to screen for substance use. As a screening instrument, its purpose is to indicate whether there is sufficient indication of risk to warrant more thorough evaluation.

A unique attraction of the SASSI is its claim to detect risk of substance use disorders regardless of the respondent's honesty or motivation, based on the inclusion of indirect or "subtle" scales. As described in this entry, independent research on the SASSI has not supported this claim.

The SASSI-3 is the third version of this series of measures. The first SASSI was released in 1985. With two new scales (the Correctional and Random Answering Pattern scales) and one reformulated scale (the ALD scale differentiating alcohol from drug abusers ...

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