Analysis of the stages of change model of drug and alcohol treatment readiness among prisoners

D'Sylva, Felicia, Graffam, Joe, Hardcastle, Lesley and Shinkfield, Alison J. 2012, Analysis of the stages of change model of drug and alcohol treatment readiness among prisoners, International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 265-280.

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Title Analysis of the stages of change model of drug and alcohol treatment readiness among prisoners
Author(s) D'Sylva, Felicia
Graffam, Joe
Hardcastle, Lesley
Shinkfield, Alison J.
Journal name International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Volume number 56
Issue number 2
Start page 265
End page 280
Total pages 16
Publisher SAGE
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2012-04
ISSN 0306-624X
Keyword(s) stages of change
maintenance
action
contemplation
drug treatment readiness
CART analysis
Summary A classification and regression tree (CART) analysis was applied to data for 237 male participants (M = 31.93 years, SD = 7.64) in a prison-based substance abuse treatment program to study the integrity of the Stages of Change model of treatment readiness. Using the Stages of Change Questionnaire (STOCQ), participants were assigned to Contemplation (102), Action (118), or Maintenance (17) groups. A CART analysis then examined differences in the overall group profiles on the basis of scores on the Psychological Inventory of Criminal Thinking, the Situational Confidence Questionnaire, and the Carlson Psychological Survey. The assumption of discrete stages of change was not supported. Alternative models are suggested: one based on states of change and one on personality characteristics. A focus on equal attention to both cognitive and behavioral aspects of substance abuse treatment readiness is suggested.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, The Author(s)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049185

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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