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Jornal Brasileiro de Psiquiatria

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KLUWE-SCHIAVON, Bruno et al. Psychometric properties of Cocaine Selective Severity Assessment (CSSA) in crack users. J. bras. psiquiatr. [online]. 2015, vol.64, n.2, pp.115-121. ISSN 1982-0208.


This study aimed to describe the translation and adaptation of Cocaine Selective Severity Assessment (CSSA) into Brazilian Portuguese and verify the psychometric properties in a sample of crack cocaine users.


After the translation and adaptation steps, 125 female crack cocaine-dependent inpatients who were enrolled in an inpatient detoxification unit were evaluated. To characterize the sample and realize the analysis of concurrent validity, construct validity and predictive validity the following instruments were used: SCID-I, ASI-6, BDI-II e CCQ-B.


The exploratory factorial analysis identified five factors and revealed appropriate levels of internal consistency, as well as the total score of the CSSA. The concurrent validity showed that CSSA was in line with instruments used in clinical practice and in researches. Further, both construct and predictive validity indicated adequate sensitivity to decline of withdrawal symptoms during the detoxification processes.


Our findings were beyond the translation and adaptation, providing the reliability and validity of CSSA regarding the evaluation of withdrawal symptoms in crack cocaine abstinence.

Keywords : Substance use disorder; craving; addictive behavior; psychometric; cocaine.

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