|Titre :||Motivation for change and barriers to treatment among young cannabis users (2013)|
|Auteurs :||S. FERNANDEZ-ARTAMENDI ; J. R. FERNANDEZ-HERMIDA ; G. GARCIA-FERNANDEZ ; R. SECADES-VILLA ; O. GARCIA RODRIGUEZ|
|Type de document :||Article : Périodique|
|Dans :||European Addiction Research (Vol.19, n°1, January 2013)|
|Article en page(s) :||29-41|
|Discipline :||TRA (Traitement et prise en charge / Treatment and care)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASECANNABIS ; JEUNE ; MOTIVATION ; DEMANDE ; ADOLESCENT ; ETUDE TRANSVERSALE ; ACCES AUX SOINS ; TRAITEMENT
Background/Aims: Despite cannabis use among adolescents has shown to be related to psychosocial and mental health problems, the demand from adolescents for professional help is very low, and determinants of motivation for change among nonclinical populations remain unknown. The purpose of this study was to assess motivation for change among young cannabis users and to identify determinants of intention to change and self-change, as well as perceived barriers to seeking professional help.
Methods: 261 cannabis users aged 16-21 participated in a computerized survey in Spain.
Results: Data from this cross-sectional study indicated that few users intend to stop taking the drug. Determining factors of intention to change were the following: having more drug-related problems, paranoid symptomatology and greater concern about the consequences of use. Self-change was facilitated by lower use of cannabis, and could be hindered by tobacco smoking and cannabis dependence. Lack of awareness of the problems and the desire to solve one's problems alone constitute the main barriers to seeking professional help.
Conclusions: Adolescent cannabis users show low motivation for change though experiencing more problems associated with its use emerges as a determinant of increased motivation. Several barriers impede this motivation from turning into treatment demand.
|Domaine :||Drogues illicites / Illicit drugs|
|Affiliation :||Addictive Behaviors Research Group, Department of Psychology, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain|