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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, Berto, Daniele, Frick, Ulrich, Hunt, Neil, Kerschl, Viktoria, McSweeney, Tim, Oeuvray, Kerrie, Puppo, Irene, Santa Maria, Alberto, Schaaf, Susanne, and others. (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. (doi:10.1159/000094422) (KAR id:29900)

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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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1159/000094422
Uncontrolled keywords: Coercion treatment, Experienced pressure, Motivation, Treatment, compulsory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5800 Drug habits and abuse
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Taryn Duhig
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 09:34 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29900 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Stevens, Alex: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4878-3871
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