Personal Experience Inventory for Adults pei-a

For: Measures substance abuse patterns and associated psychosocial problems in adults
Reading Level: Ages 19 years and over
Format: PC Based Software
Length: 45 to 60 minutes
Scoring: Computer Scored


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PEI-A 25 Use Scoring CD

For use on PC with Microsoft Windows 98, ME, XP or 2000. (For Vista compatibility, call PAA) Each CD ROM is good for 25 uses. 1 CD ROM.
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PEI-A PC Answer Booklet (10)

Packs of 10. For use with the PEI-A CD. Includes test items.
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PEI-A Kit with CD for On-Site Computer Scoring

Includes 5-use PEI-A CD. (requires Windows 98, ME, XP, or 2000). (For Vista compatibility, call PAA) 5 PC Answer Booklets; Manual.
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Ken C. Winters, Ph.D.


This self-report inventory provides comprehensive information about substance abuse patterns in adults (ages 19 or older). It may be used to identify alcohol and drug problems, make referrals, and plan treatment. And, because substance abuse rarely occurs in isolation, the PEI-A also assesses a range of psychosocial problems associated with substance abuse today. Written at a sixth-grade reading level, the PEI-A has two parts – the Problem Severity Section (120 items) and the Psychosocial Section (150 items):

Problem Severity Scales

  • Personal Involvement With Drugs       
  • Physiological Dependence
  • Effects of Use
  • Social Benefits of Use
  • Personal Consequences of Use
  • Recreation Use
  • Transsituational Use
  • Psychological Benefits of Use
  • Preoccupation
  • Loss of Control
  • Treatment Receptiveness

Psychosocial Scales

  • Negative Self-Image                           
  • Psychological Disturbance
  • Social Isolation
  • Uncontrolled
  • Rejecting Convention
  • Deviant Behaviour
  • Absence of Goals
  • Spiritual Isolation
  • Peer Drug Use
  • Need for Psychiatric Referral
  • Estrangement in the Home

Drug use Frequency, Duration and Age at Onset

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana and Hashish
  • LSD and Other Psychedelics
  • Cocaine and Crack
  • Amphetamines
  • Barbituates
  • Tranquilisers
  • Heroin
  • Narcotics Other Than Heroin
  • Steroids and Anabolic Steroids
  • Glue and Other Inhalants

Problem Screens

  • Suicide Risk
  • Work Environment Risk
  • Past Family Pathology
  • Other Impulse-Related Problems
  • Significant Other Drug Problem
  • Sexual Abuse Perpetrator
  • Physical Abuse Perpetrator
  • Physical/Sexual Abuse Victim
  • Interpersonal Pathology
  • Miscellaneous (high-risk sexual behaviour, gang membership, physical disability)

Validity indicators are also included.

Respondents usually complete the test in 45 to 60 minutes. The PEI-A is then computer-scored which gives you a complete interpretive report.  This compares the clients scores to those of two norm groups: 895 drug clinic clients and 690 normal, nonclinical adults.

The PEI-A detects signs of substance abuse and dependence, pinpoints the nature and style of drug use, documents onset, duration, and frequency of use, assesses factors that precipitate or maintain drug use, and identifies behavioural or emotional problems that may accompany drug use. It is invaluable for treatment planning and outcome measurement.

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