Family History Assessment Module (FHAM)

The Family History Assessment Module (FHAM) was created by individuals working at Washington University as part of the COGA project (collaborative studies on genetics of alcoholism). It is designed to assess major psychiatric disorders (drug dependence, alcoholism, mania, depression, antisocial personality, and schizophrenia) in relatives of the person being interviewed. Eleven questions are asked, and for every question that is answered positively, the interviewer records the name of the relative and their relationship to the participant. Each positive answer is also followed up with an Individual Assessment Module (IAM) for each family member that was listed in the FHAM.




Rice, J. P., Reich, T., Bucholz, K., Neuman, R. J., Fishman, R., Rochberg, N., Hesselbrock, V. M., Numberger, J. I., Shuckit, M. A., & Begleiter, H. (1995). Comparison of Direct Interview and Family History Diagnoses of Alcohol Dependence. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 19, 1018-1023.