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Cocaine: Decision Balance

PROS AND CONS: The following statements represent different opinions about cocaine. Please rate HOW IMPORTANT each statement is to you in deciding whether or not to use cocaine according to the following 5 point scale with 5 = Extremely important and 1 = Not important.

5 = Not Important
4 = A little bit important
3 = Somewhat important
2 = Quite important
1 = Extremely Important

1.

I feel better about myself while using cocaine.

2.

Cocaine makes me feel more confident and sociable.

3.

I am more fun to be with when I use cocaine.

4.

My cocaine use has led me to act irresponsibly.

5.

I feel more confident when I use cocaine.

6.

When using cocaine I fail to keep up with bills.

7.

Cocaine helps me relieve tension.

8.

As I became more involved with cocaine, I pulled away from people I was once close to.

9.

When using cocaine, I borrow money which I fail to pay back.

10.

Cocaine gives me that extra boost of energy.

11.

Buying cocaine has contributed to my experiencing some financial strain.

12.

I experience sleep problems when I use cocaine.

 

Scoring

Pros: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10 (Alpha = .86)
Cons:  4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12 (Alpha = .87)

 

References

Prochaska, J. O., W. F. Velicer, et al. (1994). "Stages of change and decisional balance for 12 problem behaviors." Health Psychology 13: 39-46.