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Addiction. 2007 Feb;102(2):206-15.

Staff attitudes towards working with drug users: development of the Drug Problems Perceptions Questionnaire.

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Caledonian Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. h.e.watson@gcal.ac.uk

Abstract

AIM:

To evaluate the psychometric properties of an adaptation of the Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Perceptions Questionnaire to measure the attitudes of staff to working with drug users (the DDPPQ).

DESIGN:

Postal survey: a questionnaire was mailed to participants on two occasions.

SETTING:

A large urban National Health Service (NHS) mental health service.

PARTICIPANTS:

A stratified random sample of medical staff, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists and nurses (n = 672) who work within generic mental health, adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and alcohol and drug services. Response rate at Time 1 was 56% and 68% at Time 2.

MEASUREMENTS:

A structured demographic questionnaire; individual item and total scores for the DDPPQ administered on two occasions 4 weeks apart; data relating to the content validity of the instrument.

FINDINGS:

A principal component analysis confirmed the DDPPQ's construct validity and participants confirmed its content validity. Following analysis of the instrument's test-retest reliability and its principal component structure it was reduced to a 20-item scale. Its five subscales related to role adequacy, role support, job satisfaction, role-specific self-esteem and role legitimacy.

CONCLUSION:

The refined DDPPQ was shown to be a valid and reliable tool which can be used to measure attitudes of people in relation to working with drug users.

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