Mode of interview and reporting of sensitive issues: design and implementation of audio computer-assisted self-interviewing

NIDA Res Monogr. 1997;167:366-82.


Substantial underreporting is typical in interviewing respondents on their drug use and other sensitive behaviors. This chapter reviews established strategies, self-administered questionnaires and indirect questioning techniques, for increasing the willingness of respondents to report stigmatizing behaviors. While these methods improve reporting, each has shortcomings and burdens which limit their effectiveness. A new computer-based self-interviewing approach which incorporates recorded audio playback of questions offers improved self-administered interviewing. The chapter discusses this technology, audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (audio-CASI), describing its features and positive results from the early research tests of the method.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Legal / statistics & numerical data
  • Audiovisual Aids*
  • Computers*
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic*
  • Pregnancy
  • Prevalence
  • Self Disclosure*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology