Risks and Consequences Questionnaire (RCQ)


Author of Tool: 

Stein, L.A.R., Lebeau, Rebecca, Clair, Mary, Rossi, Joseph S., Martin, Rose Marie, & Golembeske, Charles

Key references: 

Stein, L. A. R., Lebeau, R., Clair, M., Rossi, J., Martin, R. & Golembeske, C. (2010). Validation of a measure to assess alcohol- and marijuana-related risks and consequences among incarcerated adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 109(1-3), 104-113. PMCID: PMC2875287

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Risks and Consequences Questionnaire (RCQ) was designed to measure the frequency of risky behaviour including sexual behavior, driving, injuries, fighting, school/work problems, family/peer issues, being a victim of crime, and suicide, in incarcerated youths. Adolescents are asked the number of times each occurred, number of things each occurred in situations involving alcohol, marijuana or another drug.


The Risks and Consequences Questionnaire (RCQ is an index of problems that can be consequent of alcohol and marijuana use in adolescent delinquents. The RCQ has been validated with a racially and ethnically diverse sample of youths (Stein et al., 2010). The RCQ may complement structured interviews for collecting information about the psychological repercussions associated with alcohol and marijuana use. This measure may help researchers and clinicians in making substance abuse diagnoses for incarcerated juvenile delinquents, and may well be used also as an intervention outcome measure


Psychometric characteristics of the RCQ are reported in Stein et al. (2010).



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