The community readiness survey: Development and initial validation

Timothy J. Beebe, Patricia A. Harrison, Anu Sharma, Scott Hedger

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This article reports on the development and evaluation of a mail survey measuring population attitudes toward substance use and potential receptivity of communities to different prevention efforts. The Community Readiness Survey was designed through a series of prevention practitioner and consultant meetings and focus groups. Psychometric evaluation revealed five distinct domains: perception of alcohol, tobacco, or other drug problem; support for prevention; permissive attitudes toward teen substance use; perception of adolescent access; and perception of community commitment. Evidence of construct validity was demonstrated by the small but significant relationships between selected scale scores and community readiness as evaluated by prevention planners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-71
Number of pages17
JournalEvaluation Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences


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