Reaching and assessing substance use reports online

Online tools have clear advantages for reaching and understanding patterns of substance use among young adults; however it was unclear whether the Internet could be used to recruit a representative sample of young adult smokers, or whether tobacco and marijuana reports online would be reliable or valid. I have led a series of online surveys evaluating recruitment and psychometric properties of substance use reports made by young adults online, demonstrating the utility of this medium for studying substance use.

Ramo, D.E., Hall, S.M., & Prochaska, J.J. (2010). Reaching Young Adult Smokers through the Internet: Comparison of Three Recruitment Mechanisms. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12, 768-775PMC2893296

Ramo, D.E., Hall, S.M., & Prochaska, J.J. (2011). Reliability and validity of self-reported smoking in an online survey with young adults. Health Psychology, 30,693-701. PMC3202069

Ramo, D.E., Liu, H., & Prochaska, J.J. (2012). Reliability and validity of young adults’ anonymous online reports of marijuana use and thoughts about use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26,801-811.PMC3413779

Ramo, D.E.,Prochaska, J.J. (2012).Broad reach and targeted recruitment using Facebook for an online survey of young adult substance use. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14 (1), e28. PMC3374532

Ramo DE, Rodriguez TM, Chavez K, Sommer MJ, Prochaska JJ. Facebook Recruitment of Young Adult Smokers for a Cessation Trial: Methods, Metrics, and Lessons Learned. Internet Interv. 2014 Apr; 1(2):58-64. PMID: 25045624.

Thrul J, Belohlavek A, Hambrick D, Kaur M, Ramo DE. Conducting online focus groups on Facebook to inform health behavior change interventions: Two case studies and lessons learned. Internet Interv. 2017 Sep; 9:106-111. PMID: 29276693.