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Independent TEENSCREEN Evaluation Research Project 

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Comments and tentative conclusions by Eileen Dannemann,
director of the National Coalition of Organized Women (NCOW)

ncowmail@aol.com  
917 804-0786
 www.ProgressiveConvergence.com

 “In our research and initial evaluation of the Teen screen questionnaire we find a very interesting omission: School children are being questioned extensively about their use of street drugs but no questions are being asked about the use of prescription drugs.  Since it has been determined that more than 8 million children are on prescription drugs and since these drugs such as the S.S.R.I. (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) have recently been linked to suicide and homicide, in our opinion, its omission is gravely telling of who is behind these initiatives”. 

 

                      My comments are in blue

Our questions:

1.      Is there privacy protection?

2.      What persons and agencies have access to these results?

3.      Is the name of the child being tested on the test pages?

4.      What are the instructions to the child in terms of privacy in answering the questions particularly about recreational drug and alcohol use?

5.      How is this survey assessed and measured? By whom.  By how many agencies.  What is the protocol?

6.      What are the qualifications of the assessors?

7.      Is there a computerized assessment tool?

8.      How, by what means of measurement or diagnostic tool is the subject categorized? What is the protocol?

9.      Are there standard diagnostic labels associated with question/answers

10. Who is apprised first of the diagnosis?  What is the protocol thereafter?

11. Is there a recommendation to seek clinical evaluation?  By whom to whom and towards whom?

12.  Do (or will) agencies or schools or govt. health or education programs provide funds to guide or insure that children move towards standard accepted medical care? 

 

Diagnostic Predictive Scales   DPS-8 (Youth)

This interview (survey) is designed to be used by qualified professional (list the range of qualified professionals) as an aid to diagnosis.  It is not a substitute for a thorough clinical evaluation. (Will you be asked or required to send your child to an approved American Medical Association (AMA) or American Psychiatric Association (APA) health professional with the likelihood of prescribing drugs?)

1.      Are you a male or a female?

2.      How old are you?

3.      Are you Hispanic? (Why is this culture isolated?)

4.      Choose the category that best describes your race:

White

Black/African American

American Indian/Alaska native

Asian

Mixed (more than one race)

Other

5.       What grade are you in? (6th-12th grade, not in school)

6.      Who spent the most time taking care of you in the past 3 months:

Both parents

Mother, only

Father, only

Grandparents (s)

Sister/brother

Aunt/uncle

Foster parents

Other adult

7.      In the last three months did you have trouble seeing the chalkboard?

8.      Do you wear glasses?

9.      Have you seen an eye doctor about this?

10. In the last three months….did you have a toothache?

11. Have you seen a dentist about this?  (Are these questions (6 -10) a covert assessment of parent’s fitness in supervising and caring for their children? Can this survey be used against parents by agencies such as the Human Health Service (HHS)?)

 

SECTION A

12.  In the last three months….have you often felt very nervous and uncomfortable when you have been with a group of children…say, in the lunchroom at school or at a party? (Normal adolescent behavior)

13. Have you often felt very nervous when you had to do things in front of people? (Normal)

 

SECTION B

14. For this question, I want to know if you have ever had a sudden attack of feeling very afraid.   In the kind of attack, I mean someone becomes very afraid even though there is nothing around them to frighten them.  Sometimes they feel they can’t breathe…sometimes their heart beats very fast.  The attacks come on very suddenly, then go away, but they get afraid that the attacks might come back. In the last three months have you had an attack when all of a sudden you felt you were very afraid or strange?  

15. Have you had a time when you were suddenly feeling like you were suffocating or you couldn’t breathe?

16. Do you have asthma?

17. The only time you felt afraid or couldn’t breathe was when you were having an asthma attack?

SECTION C

18. In the last three months….Have often worried a lot before you were going to play a sport or game or some other activity Have you had a lot of headaches? (Normal)

19. In the last three months have you had other aches and pains?  (Sports, flu, fibromyalgia, normal growing pains?)

20. Are you the kind of person who is often very tense, or finds it very hard to relax?  (In today’s dysfunction family settings?)

SECTION D

21. Some young people have times when one thought comes into the mind over and over again. When people have these thoughts they usually get upset, because the thoughts are strange.  No matter how hard they try the thoughts keep on coming back.

Now I am going to ask you if you have had thoughts like these in the last three months.  Have you had to count things over and over again? Or make yourself do things a certain number of times?

22. In the last three months…was there a time when you washed your hands  or body over and over again or changed your clothes many times each day because you thought they were dirty?

23. Have you often felt you should check on things over and over again? For example:  checking that the front door is locked…or the stove is turned off or that something else was done, though you knew it had been done? (normal behavior as a stand alone question)

24. In the last three months….have you often worried that things you touch are dirty or have germs? (Normal to say yes. Media of fear; TV advertising is replete on antiseptic cleanliness products; antiseptizing the kitchen for e-coli bacteria; the bathroom, killing all bugs.  We have vaccines for everything, flu, hepatitis, meningitis, HIV)

25. Have you had any other thoughts that kept coming into your mind over and over again that you couldn’t get rid of?

26.  In the last three months…

Have you done things like counting, checking, washing, over and over again because you like to do these things?

27.  Have you done these things like counting, checking, washing, over and over again, only because you’ve been told by someone else to make sure that you’ve done them right?

28.  In the last three months…

Have you wished you could stop yourself doing things like counting, checking or washing over and over again?

29. Have you spent a lot of time each day doing things like counting, checking or washing over and over again…say, for as long as an hour?

SECTION E

30. In the last three months…

Has there been a time when nothing was fun for you and you just weren’t interested in anything? (normal these days as contrast to TV-movie-video hyper stimulation)

31. Has there been a time when you had less energy than you usually do? (I feel this way)

32. Has there been a time when you felt you couldn’t do anything well or that you weren’t as good-looking or as smart as other people? (normal adolescence)

33. In the last three months…

Has there been a time when you thought seriously about killing yourself? (I did when I was a teenager…thinking my parents would feel sorry, then…oh yes)

34. Have you tried to kill yourself in the last year? (Ask me when I was 14 years old, my parents worked and my father cheated on my mother)

35. Has there been a time when doing even the little things made you feel really tired? (most of the time)

36. In the last three months…

Has there been a time when you couldn’t thank as clearly or as fast as usual? (one time…would get an affirmative answer…many kids smoke marijuana, party, even occasionally …or go to bed late)

I have just asked you about the last three months.  Now, I want you to think about the last year.
 

 SECTION F

37. The next questions are about you use of alcohol-beer, wine, wine coolers, or hard liquors like vodka, gin or whiskey.  Each can or bottle of beer, glass of wine or wine cooler, shot of liquor, or mixed drink with liquor it it counts as one drink.

In the last year…Have you had six or more drinks? (who hasn’t?)

38. Did you get in trouble with the police when you were drunk or because you had been drinking? (more likely than ever with homeland security)

39. In the last years…

Did you get into arguments with your family or friends because of drinking? (probably)

40. Did you miss school to go drinking or because you were hungover? (it happens)

SECTION G

41. In the last year…

Have you used marijuana six or more times? (good chance)

42. Did you miss school to use marijuana or because you were too high on marijuana to go to school? (it happens)

43. In the last year…

Did you get into arguments with your friends and family because you were using marijuana? (good chance)

           

SECTION H

44. Have you used any opiates to get high.  This includes things like codeine, Demerol, morphine, percodan, methadone, Darvon, opium, Delaudid, Talwin and so on.

In the last year…

Have you used any of these to get high?

45. Have you used any kind of hallucinogen? This includes LSD or “acid”, mescaline, peyote, DMT, psilocybin and so on.  Have you used one of these?

46.  In the last year…

Have you used stimulants or amphetamines…like speed, diet pills, Benzedrine, methamphetamine or anything like that to get high?

47. Have you used cocaine or “crack”?

48. In the last year…Have you used heroin?

49. Have you used PCP or “Angel Dust”?

50.  In the last year…Have you used ecstasy?

51. Have you used any inhalants…like glue, cleaning fluid, gasoline or paint to get high?

52. How often did your parents feel worried or concerned about the way you were feeling or acting?

a.       A lot of the time

b.      Some of the time

c.       Hardly ever

d.      Not at all

53. Were they worried or concerned because of:

a.       You were feeling anxious or worried?

b.      You were feeling sad or depressed?

c.       Problems with your behavior?

d.      Problems with alcohol or drugs?

e.       Other things you did?

54. How often did you parents get annoyed or upset with you because of the way you were feeling or acting?

a.       A lot of the time

b.      Some of the time

c.       Hardly ever

d.      Not at all

55. Were they annoyed or upset because of:

a.       You were feeling anxious or worried?

b.      You were feeling sad or depressed?

c.       Problems with your behavior?

d.      Problems with alcohol or drugs?

e.       Other things you did?

56. How often were you not able to do things or go places with your family because of the way you felt or acted?

a.       A lot of the time

b.      Some of the time

c.       Hardly ever

d.      Not at all
 

57. Were you not able to do things or go places because:

a.       You were feeling anxious or worried?

b.      You were feeling sad or depressed?

c.       Problems with your behavior?

d.      Problems with alcohol or drugs?

e.       Other things you did?

 

58. How often did the way you were feeling or acting make it difficult to do your schoolwork or cause problems with your grades?

a.       A lot of the time

b.      Some of the time

c.       Hardly ever

d.      Not at all

59. Did you have problems with your schoolwork or grades because of:

a.       You were feeling anxious or worried?

b.      You were feeling sad or depressed?

c.       Problems with your behavior?

d.      Problems with alcohol or drugs?

e.       Other things you did?

 

60. How often were your teachers annoyed or upset with you because of the way you were feeling or acting?

a.       A lot of the time

b.      Some of the time

c.       Hardly ever

d.      Not at all

 

61. Were you teachers annoyed or upset because of:

a.       You were feeling anxious or worried?

b.      You were feeling sad or depressed?

c.       Problems with your behavior?

d.      Problems with alcohol or drugs?

e.       Other things you did?

 

62. How often did the way you were feeling or acting make you feel bad or feel upset?

a.       A lot of the time

b.      Some of the time

c.       Hardly ever

d.      Not at all

 

63. Did you feel bad or upset because of:

a.       You were feeling anxious or worried?

b.      You were feeling sad or depressed?

c.       Problems with your behavior?

d.      Problems with alcohol or drugs?

e.       Other things you did?

 

64. Have you been to see someone at a hospital, or at a clinic because of the way you were feeling or acting?

a.       yes

b.      no

  

 END

 

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