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Alcohol Alcohol. 2005 Nov-Dec;40(6):540-4. Epub 2005 Sep 26.

Readiness for change and readiness for help-seeking: a composite assessment of client motivation.

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Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University of Greifswald, Walther-Rathenau-Strasse 48, 17487 Greifswald, Germany. freyer@uni-greifswald.de

Abstract

AIMS:

To investigate the correspondence between readiness for behaviour change in general and readiness for alcohol related help-seeking in particular. A related aim was to examine how, if at all, measures of dependence severity, use, and consequences were related to a composite measure depicting agreements and disagreements between general change readiness and help-seeking readiness.

METHODS:

Non-treatment seeking alcohol-dependent patients, numbering 549, from general hospitals in Germany were interviewed.

RESULTS:

When taking into account both dimensions of motivation, findings indicate 42% of the subjects were characterized by different motivation levels regarding readiness for change and readiness for help-seeking. Higher help-seeking readiness was associated with higher alcohol problem severity. Readiness to change was not affected by alcohol problem severity.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings underscore the need to evaluate both motivational constructs in determining clients' need and receptivity to formal help.

PMID:
16186144
DOI:
10.1093/alcalc/agh195
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