Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Criminology and Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. Vincent Webb

Second Advisor

Dr. Miriam Delone


Over the past 30 years, the use of self-reported data paired with urinalyses testing for estimating drug use has received in creasing popularity in the field of criminal justice. Since 1987, the city of Omaha, Nebraska has been collecting self-reported data and urinalyses results from its arrestee population. The purpose of this thesis is to examine several demographic and situational variables related to the self-reported need for treatment among an arrestee population. Data were obtained from 4,255 arrestees who participated in the Omaha Drug Use Forecasting (DUF) Program from 1990 to 1995. Initial evidence suggests that those arrestees who are closely tied to standard social institutions are more likely to self-report a need for treatment. In addition, those arrestees who had recently used a drug(s) were also more likely to self-report a need for treatment.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Criminal Justice and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Heather A. Perez February, 1996.