Staff attitudes towards working with drug users: development of the Drug Problems Perceptions Questionnaire

Hazel Watson, William M. Maclaren, Susan M. Kerr

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of an adaptation of the Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Perceptions Questionnaire to measure the attitudes of staff to working with drug users (the DDPPQ). Participants were a stratified random sample of medical staff, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists and nurses (n = 672) who work within generic mental health, adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and alcohol and drug services. Response rate at Time 1 was 56% and 68% at Time 2. A principal component analysis confirmed the DDPPQ's construct validity and participants confirmed its content validity. Following analysis of the instrument's test–retest reliability and its principal component structure it was reduced to a 20-item scale. Its five subscales related to role adequacy, role support, job satisfaction, role-specific self-esteem and role legitimacy.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006



  • drug users
  • addiction

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