Personality traits and readiness to change among drug addicts in Malaysia

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Abstract

Readiness to change is a crucial issue in the treatment of drug addiction. Therefore, understanding the personality traits of drug addicts may give an indication of their readiness to receive treatment and change this addictive behavior. This study was conducted to examine the predictive relationship between personality traits and readiness to change among drug addicts in Malaysia. The study employed survey research involving the administration of two standardized psychological tests which were the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire Revised Short Version (EPQ-RS) and the Stages of Change Readiness and Treatment Eagerness Scale (SOCRATES). A total of 599 respondents in six rehabilitation centers in Malaysia participated in this study. Data were analyzed using Pearson correlation and multiple regressions. Results showed that there were significant correlations between personality traits of neuroticism and psychoticism with all the three stages of readiness to change. Findings from multiple regression analysis indicated that neuroticism and psychoticism predicted significantly Recognition, Ambivalence and Taking Steps. The findings indicated that personality traits were significant predictors of readiness to change among drug addicts in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-266
Number of pages4
JournalResearch Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Change
  • Drug addiction
  • Neuroticism
  • Personality
  • Psychoticism
  • Readiness

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  • Engineering(all)

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