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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.

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2.

Cocaine makes me feel more confident and sociable.

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3.

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

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4.

My cocaine use has led me to act irresponsibly.

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5.

I feel more confident when I use cocaine.

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6.

When using cocaine I fail to keep up with bills.

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7.

Cocaine helps me relieve tension.

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8.

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

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9.

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

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10.

Cocaine gives me that extra boost of energy.

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11.

Buying cocaine has contributed to my experiencing some financial strain.

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12.

I experience sleep problems when I use cocaine.

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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.

 

 

 

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