College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Evaluation of the Readiness to Change Questionnaire with problem drinkers in treatment.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1998

Publication Title

Journal of Substance Abuse

ISSN

0899-3289

Volume

10

Abstract

Prochaska and DiClemente's (1982, 1983) readiness to change model proposes that people resolve health-related concerns by working through a qualitative progression of distinct motivational stages. The present study examined the responses of 66 (44 males, 22 females) mildly dependent outpatient alcohol abusers to the Readiness to Change Questionnaire, a scale developed to classify individuals according to their motivational stage. It has been suggested that the RTCQ may have applicability to problem drinkers in treatment. Reliability analyses conducted on the questionnaire's three subscales resulted in alpha coefficients of .30 for the Precontemplation subscale, .52 for the Contemplation subscale, and .76 for the Action subscale. The low internal reliability for the first two subscales does not support the use of this questionnaire in a treatment context at this time. Further studies are needed to refine the subscales. A psychometrically sound measure, once developed, would provide guidance in treatment matching.

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