Research Article  |   April 2015
Development and Evaluation of the Lifestyle History Questionnaire (LHQ) for People Entering Treatment for Substance Addictions
Author Affiliations
  • Linda M. Martin, PhD, OTR, was Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy and Community Health, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, at the time of the study and is now retired; lmartin@fgcu.edu
  • Robert Triscari, PhD, is Assistant Professor, College of Education, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers
  • Rosemary Boisvert, MS, OTR, CAP, is Assistant Vice President for Residential Services, SalusCare, Inc. (formerly Southwest Florida Addiction Services), Ft. Myers, FL
  • Kristi Hipp, MSOT; Jennifer Gersten, MSOT; Rachel C. West, MSOT; Elizabeth Kisling, MSOT; Aaron Donham, MSOT; Naomi Kollar, MSOT; and Patricia Escobar, MSOT, were students, Department of Occupational Therapy and Community Health, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, at the time of the study
Article Information
Mental Health / Mental Health
Research Article   |   April 2015
Development and Evaluation of the Lifestyle History Questionnaire (LHQ) for People Entering Treatment for Substance Addictions
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 2015, Vol. 69, 6903250010p1-6903250010p9. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.014050
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 2015, Vol. 69, 6903250010p1-6903250010p9. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.014050
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. We developed and investigated the psychometric properties of the Lifestyle History Questionnaire (LHQ), a self-report instrument designed to measure the extent of occupational dysfunction attributable to substance abuse.

METHOD. The instrument was developed using concepts in the ecological models of occupational therapy and in the work of William L. White, who defined addiction culture in terms of the patterns of life in context. We analyzed data from two field tests using both classical test theory and item response theory.

RESULTS. The final version of the instrument has 70 items, 1 unifying construct, and 8 subscales. We found it to be valid and reliable (α = .93) for measuring the extent of occupational dysfunction and specific areas of strengths and weaknesses.

CONCLUSION. The LHQ is a promising new instrument, the first of its kind to measure occupational dysfunction in context for people with substance addictions.