Mad, bad and dangerous to know: dimensions and measurement of attitudes toward injecting drug users

Michael W. Ross, Shane Darke

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Abstract

Attitudes toward injecting drug users were assessed using a 53-item questionnaire which was administered to 143 workers at a drug and alcohol research unit and an AIDS treatment facility. Factor analysis revealed three interpretable dimensions: intravenous drug use as a matter of both public concern and personal inadequacy; intravenous drug users as criminals who should be removed from society; and social avoidance of, and personal distaste for, intravenous drug users. The scale and subscales had good test-retest reliability and internal consistency. Its potential use as a measure of attitudes toward injecting drug users for both treatment research and AIDS research is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-74
Number of pages4
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1992

Keywords

  • HIV-AIDS
  • attitudes
  • drug use
  • injection
  • intravenous

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