The performance of two motivation measures and outcome after alcohol detoxification

Jennis Freyer-Adam*, Beate Coder, Caspar Ottersbach, J. Scott Tonigan, Hans Jürgen Rumpf, Ulrich John, Ulfert Hapke

*Corresponding author for this work
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Aims: The aims of this study were to investigate the performance of the treatment version of the Readiness to Change Questionnaire (RCQ[TV]) among individuals currently receiving alcohol detoxification and to develop a treatment version of the Treatment Readiness Tool (TReaT[TV]). Methods: A total of 549 patients (86% men) recruited from two detoxification units were interviewed close to treatment intake and followed up 12 months later. Confirmatory factor analyses and logistic regression analyses were conducted. Results: A modified nine-item version of the RCQ[TV] showed a good fit of the model (CFI = 0.95) and internal consistencies ranging between 0.49 and 0.91. Twelve months later, RCQ-Actors had an odds ratio of 1.95 (95% CI: 1.12-3.37) for being abstinent compared to Precontemplators/ Contemplators. The development of the TReaT[TV] resulted in 15 items and 5 scales with a CFI of 0.97 and Cronbach's alphas ranging between 0.59 and 0.94. TReaT[TV] Precontemplators/Contemplators were less likely to utilize help than Maintainers (OR = 0.17, 95% CI: 0.06-0.45). Conclusions: The psychometric properties were modest for the modified RCQ[TV] and good for the TReaT[TV]. Readiness to change and readiness to seek help should be assessed separately among treatment seekers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAlcohol and Alcoholism
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)77-83
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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