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Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the cannabis use disorders identification test

Use of cannabis is common among college students and is related to many negative consequences. A new study evaluated the Cannabis Use Disorders Identification Test Revised (CUDIT-R), which is an 8-item screening test used to identify problematic or harmful cannabis use. This study exclusively included college students who had reported using cannabis in the past 30 days to test the consistency and validity of the CUDIT-R in the college student population.

The participants completed the CUDIT-R as well as a daily smoking questionnaire and marijuana problem index survey. The results showed that the CUDIT-R indicated consistency in measuring frequency of cannabis use, consequences faced as a result of use, and criteria of problematic cannabis use.

This information is useful for future research on cannabis use within college students and showed that the CUDIT-R is a reliable way to measure potentially harmful or problematic cannabis use.

Take Away: The Cannabis Use Disorders Identification Test Revised is a reliable and valid way to measure problematic or harmful cannabis use within the population of college students who are cannabis users.

Schultz, N.R., Bassett, D.T., Messina, B.G., Correia, C.J. (2019). Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the cannabis use disorders identification test-revised among college students. Addictive Behaviors. 95 (11-15). doi.org/10.016/j.addbeh.2019.02.016

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