Factor and item-response analysis DSM-IV criteria for abuse of and dependence on cannabis, cocaine, hallucinogens, sedatives, stimulants and opioids.

@article{Gillespie2007FactorAI,
  title={Factor and item-response analysis DSM-IV criteria for abuse of and dependence on cannabis, cocaine, hallucinogens, sedatives, stimulants and opioids.},
  author={Nathan A. Gillespie and Michael C. Neale and Carol A Prescott and Steven H. Aggen and Kenneth S. Kendler},
  journal={Addiction},
  year={2007},
  volume={102 6},
  pages={920-30}
}
AIMS This paper explored, in a population-based sample of males, the factorial structure of criteria for substance abuse and dependence, and compared qualitatively the performance of these criteria across drug categories using item-response theory (IRT). DESIGN Marginal maximum likelihood was used to explore the factor structure of criteria within drug classes, and a two-parameter IRT model was used to determine how the difficulty and discrimination of individual criteria differ across drug… CONTINUE READING

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