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Addict Behav. 1992 Sep-Oct;17(5):479-90.

Development of an adolescent alcohol and other drug abuse screening scale: Personal Experience Screening Questionnaire.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455.


The development of a new adolescent alcohol and other drug abuse screening scale is summarized. The Personal Experience Screening Questionnaire (PESQ) is intended to meet the need for a quick, psychometrically adequate adolescent screening tool to measure the need for a comprehensive assessment. The development of the questionnaire's problem severity scale and evidence related to its reliability (internal consistency) and validity are described.

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