The relationship between legal status, perceived pressure and motivation in treatment for drug dependence: Results from a European study of quasi-compulsory treatment

Stevens, Alex and Berto, Daniele and Frick, Ulrich and Hunt, Neil and Kerschl, Viktoria and McSweeney, Tim and Oeuvray, Kerrie and Puppo, Irene and Santa Maria, Alberto and Schaaf, Susanne and Trinkl, Barbara and Uchtenhagen, Ambros and Werdenich, Wolfgang (2006) The relationship between legal status, perceived pressure and motivation in treatment for drug dependence: Results from a European study of quasi-compulsory treatment. European Addiction Research, 12 (4). pp. 197-209. ISSN 1022-6877 . (Full text available)

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Abstract

This paper reports on intake data from QCT Europe, a study of quasi-compulsory treatment for drug dependent offenders. It explores the link between formal legal coercion, perceived pressure to be in treatment and motivation amongst a sample of 845 people who entered treatment for drug dependence in 5 European countries, half of them in quasi-compulsory treatment and half ‘voluntarily’. Using both quantitative and qualitative data, it suggests that those who enter treatment under QCT do perceive greater pressure to be in treatment, but that this does not necessarily lead to higher or lower motivation than ‘volunteers’. Many drug dependent offenders value QCT as an opportunity to get treatment. Motivation is mutable and can be developed or diminished by the quality of support and services offered to drug dependent offenders.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Coercion treatment, Experienced pressure, Motivation, Treatment, compulsory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5800 Drug use and miuse
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Taryn Duhig
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 09:34
Last Modified: 23 May 2014 10:54
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29900 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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