COGA Family History of Alcohol & Other Substance Disorders


The COGA Family History of Alcohol and Other Substance Disorders measure (Begleiter, H. ,1995) is a 70 question survey funded in 1989 by the National Institutes of Health with the goal of identifying the specific genes underlying the vulnerability to alcoholism.

Abstract

The COGA Family History of Alcohol and Other Substance Disorders used in the Fast Track Project is a 70 item, computer survey, measuring aspects of familial alcohol and substance disorders. The Collaborative Studies on Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA) was funded in 1989 by the National Institutes of Health, with the goal of identifying the specific genes underlying the vulnerability to alcoholism. The original scoring method was established by a consortium of researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as part of the large scale Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism designed to gather information about alcohol consumption and the presence of psychiatric disorders. This measure was added to the Fast Track protocol in year 13 (2003).

The questions start with questions designed to establish from the respondent his/her relationship to the Target Child (TC). The respondent then is asked questions that apply to him/her and followed by questions related to the biological mother or father of the TC. Questions use a format of three potential answers (2 = No, 1 = Yes and 9 = Uncertain) and dichotomous response formats (2 = No and 1 = Yes).

The COGA Family History of Alcohol & Other Substance Disorders Survey allows researchers to assess alcohol and drug use of the target child’s biological parents. The proportion associated with alcohol and drug use of the biological mothers or fathers of the target child, as reported by the respondent, is small. The user must bear in mind that for Year 13, the alcohol and drug use disorders in parents is skewed to low values

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: PyAM
Scored Dataset Name: FHAySPc

Keywords

Alcoholism, Substance Disorders, Alcohol Consumption, Psychiatric Disorders