Protective Behavioral Strategies for Marijuana Scale
Given recent state legislation legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes and majority popular opinion favoring these laws, researchers at RAND developed the Protective Behavioral Strategies for Marijuana scale (PBSM) to identify strategies that may mitigate the harms related to marijuana use among those young people who choose to use the drug. The goal was to develop a psychometrically sound item bank for the PBSM and to create a short assessment form that minimizes respondent burden and time.
Quantitative item analyses revealed an item bank of 36 items, as well as a short form of 17 items, available for download below. Also provided is a scoring table for easy transformation from sum scores to IRT scale scores.
Available Documents (PDF Format)
Taking periodic breaks from marijuana use or avoiding using marijuana before work or school may be important protective strategies for young veterans who choose to use marijuana to cope with symptoms of PTSD.
The Protective Behavioral Strategies for Marijuana Scale (PBSM) assesses behavioral strategies among young people who choose to use marijuana. Researchers expanded on the initial PBSM by building an item bank and short assessment form.
The Protective Behavioral Strategies for Marijuana scale can assess behaviors in young adults that could help limit negative consequences of marijuana use, which may be useful for intervention and prevention programs.