Correlations Between Cognitive Performance and Readiness to Change in Cocaine/Crack users

Viviane Samoel Rodrigues, Letícia Ribeiro, Letícia Arruda Rodrigues, Tatiana Quarti Irigaray, Fernanda de Almeida Ribeiro, Margareth da Silva Oliveira

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A substance user’s readiness to change is fundamental to the success of psychological interventions and treatments. Preserving neuropsychological functions is an integral part of moving towards readiness, yet few studies have evaluated the influence of cognition in a user’s motivation to change. Therefore, this paper aimed to verify the possible correlations between a user’s cognitive deficits and readiness to change through examining cocaine/crack users. This study analyzed a sample of 113 chronic cocaine/crack users’ performances on the WCST and WAIS-III subtests, the URICA, and the Readiness to Change Ruler. The results showed significant correlations between the presence of cognitive deficits and lower levels of motivation to change. Multiple regression analyses revealed the influence of cognitive test performance on the increase of readiness to change among the participants. This suggests a direct relation between the preservation of neuropsychological functions and a stronger willingness to change in cocaine/crack users.

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Cocaine;Cognition;Crack;Neuropsychological functions; Readiness to change

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11144/Javeriana.upsy16-2.ccpr

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