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Time to Change: an exploratory study of motivation among untreated and treated substance abusers
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (ARG)
2007 (English)In: Addiction Research and Theory, Vol. 15, no 3, 247-261 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This exploratory study examines whether the attitudes towards change and treatment of untreated non-abstinent substance abusers differ from those of patients undergoing treatment in residential care. The sample (n=97) consists of untreated, voluntarily and compulsorily treated substance abusers who completed a questionnaire in 2003. Attitudes were measured with scales on e.g. problem recognition, desire for help, treatment readiness and aspects of time perspectives, e.g. past, present and future orientation. The attitudes of the three groups -- untreated, voluntarily and compulsorily treated subjects -- differed with respect to lifestyle change. Factor analysis of the measures revealed one component of primary interest, general willingness to change. Results show that willingness to change was correlated with other attitudinal characteristics in the three groups. The stability of substance abusers’ motivation is discussed with the focus on different social contexts’ influence on change-compliant attitudes and behaviour.

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2007. Vol. 15, no 3, 247-261 p.
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Substance abuse, motivation, time perspectives, lifestyle change, untreated, compulsory treatment
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-22561DOI: doi:10.1080/16066350701292696ISI: 000247063500003OAI: diva2:189088
Available from: 2007-09-12 Created: 2007-09-12 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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