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Subproject 2: Diagnosis of substance use among refugees

Contents and aims of the study

The overarching goal is to provide a substance use assessment tool that is culturally, contextually, and linguistically appropriate for the refugee target population. The project includes the following sub-steps: 

  1. Compilation of an overview of existing instruments for the assessment of substance use with their psychometric characteristics;
  2. Identification of an instrument that is considered valid by experts and refugees;
  3. Adaptation of the identified instrument for use in refugees; 
  4. Validate the instrument for the target group of refugees from Syria; 
  5. Provide strategies to adapt data collection instruments for additional groups of refugees in a culturally sensitive manner.
  6. The project is divided into several phases. The phases refer to the planning of the focus groups, the systematic review, the implementation, the analysis and finally the presentation of the results.

We were able to find the following addiction-related questionnaires in partly freely available form and refer to them via our material search. In some cases, instead of the questionnaires, only the individual items can be found in related professional publications; we have also included these professional publications here. These resources are intended to provide an initial guide and cannot claim to be exhaustive:


Addiction Severity Index (ASI)

Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)

Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test – Alcohol consumption questions (AUDIT-C)

Alcohol, smoking and substance involvement screening test (Assist)

Benzodiazepine Dependence Questionnaire (BDEOQ)

Cut, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-Opener (CAGE)

Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10)

Drug Use Disorders Identification Test (DUDIT)

Fast Alcohol Screening Test (FAST)

Mini Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI)

Rapid Alcohol Problems Screen Quantity Frequency (RAPS4-QF)

Scale for measurement of attitudes towards alcohol

  • Englisch

Severity of dependence scale – Khat Version (SDS-Khat)

Structured Clinical Interview (SCID-I)

Substance Use Risk Profile Scale (SURPS)


Project Representative: Prof. Dr. Jutta Lindert, Hochschule Emden / Leer