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Please be very thorough and hit the distinguished marks on the scoring guide. Please use the assignment questions as headings in the paper. My instructor changed the instructions, so I have only included those. I have included the ADAM II report for you.

As you read in Chapter 4 of The Mismeasure of Crime, several forms of self-report studies are reviewed. One of those studies included the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program, which was established by the National Institute of Justice to monitor drug use among arrestees in many jurisdictions of the United States. According to the authors, one of the main benefits of self-report studies in research is as a source of information provided by individuals based on their behavior, unfiltered by any official or judicial process. This self-study process was developed in an effort to counteract what were considered systematic biases and distortions in the data collected about crime from official measures. The ADAM study was based on data collected by interviewers interviewing arrestees who had been jailed or booked less than 48 hours for various drug offenses. This study fits into the self-report category because its subjects are focused in a group that was geared to provide more targeted information based on their known drug use.

For this assignment, you will access the 2008 ADAM II Annual Report, linked in the Resources. Select one illicit drug (for example, marijuana) for your research and respond following the instructions below.

Instructions

Folks: Use my questions for the assignment in Unit 6 instead of the Capella Questions. I tried to make this assignment easier to work with. See below:

Dr. Dave’s Questions, U6

FIRST: Make sure you read the directions and pick only one of the drugs in the study. Begin with a short paragraph describing the drug you have selected, how it is used, effects, etc.

Q1. What did the ADAM report tell you and what didn’t it tell you about drug (of your choice) sale and use across the 10 counties? Be a bit detailed!

Q2. What did the ADAM report reveal and not reveal about why substance use varies across the 10 counties – go ahead and speculate if it is fun but make it clear that you are speculating. Can other data sets help to explain or analyze the variance?

Q3. Discuss Sample the strengths and weakness of self-study reports as applies to the ADAM study. Make sure you understand the strength and weaknesses of survey research as spelled out in Chapter 4 in Measuring Crime.

Think of

coverage error

Sampling error

Nonresponse error

Validity – how did ADAM build validity into the study?

Reliability

Generalizability – what population do the interviews represent? Who is left out.

Q4. Discuss important effects of underreporting.

Spelled out in Measuring crime.

Note: Don’t be fearful of challenging or pointing out assumptions made in the study.

Make sure you follow APA guidelines if you use academic articles from the Library – not a bad idea.

Take more than 5 pages if it helps.

Don’t panic, just keep working at it till it looks good.

Requirements

  • Written communication: Must be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • Resources and citations: Format according to APA guidelines.
  • Required page count: 3–5, not including the cover page or the references page.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.