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Commissioned Papers
Barbara J. Burns, Ph.D.
Scott N. Compton, Ph.D.
Helen L. Egger, M.D.
Elizabeth M.Z. Farmer, Ph.D.
E. Jane Costello
Tonya D. Armstrong
Alaattin Erkanli
Paul E. Greenbaum
Chi-Ming Kam
Linda M. Collins
Selected Bibliography
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Annotated Bibliography on Research Methods

Kam & Collins

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This document was prepared as a resource for researchers attending the meeting "Assessing the Impact of Childhood Interventions on Subsequent Drug Abuse" organized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse with co-sponsorship by the National Institute of Mental Health. Little is known about how mental health treatments for childhood psychopathologies influence the subsequent risk of drug abuse. This meeting is intended to stimulate the development of research in this important area. In planning for the meeting, NIDA staff and extramural researchers recognized the need to incorporate a systematic consideration of methodological challenges affecting this line of research. This portion of the program will identify resources and strategies for measuring substance abuse and related risk factors and for addressing followup, design, and analysis problems. This document is provided as a supplement to the methodological presentations.

This annotated bibliography samples and documents some of the latest developments in research methods that are relevant to the study of childhood mental health intervention and drug abuse prevention. Our collection covers general topics in research methods, such as research design, sampling strategies and measurement issues, and statistical analysis. It also includes work that specifically addresses methodological concerns that drug abuse prevention researchers often have, such as: the use of self report measures in drug use; issues of selection bias and the use of statistical adjustments in observational studies; selection of covariates; the handling of subject attrition and missing data; and power calculation.

This annotated bibliography emphasizes statistical analyses. This is in response to the increasing need for more sophisticated research designs and analyses in the field of prevention, and also to reflect the recent rapid growth of applied statistical techniques. In addition to traditional analysis that researchers are familiar with, we include techniques that are more recently developed, such as hierarchical linear modeling, growth curve modeling, survival analysis, structural equation modeling and latent transition analysis.

Knowing that the end-users of our work will be researchers who have varying sophistication in methodological training, we try to include work that assumes different levels of statistical understanding. Finally, we want to point out that this bibliography is far from a comprehensive survey of methodological advances. Rather it is compiled to be an introductory guide for prevention researchers, aiming at providing the necessary leads that facilitate researchers' search for useful methodological references.

Chi-Ming Kam
Linda M. Collins
The Methodology Center
Pennsylvania State University

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