Quality of Life and Treatment Motivation in Heroin Addicts

Author: Khadija Rehman

Supervisor: Dr. Iram Fatima

Degree: Msc

Year: (2009 – 2011)

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Abstract

The objective of the study was to explore the relationship between quality of life and treatment motivation in heroin addicts. It was hypothesized that treatment motivation was likely to be positively related with quality of life in heroin addicts. For this purpose, a sample of 80 heroin addicts was taken from different hospitals of Lahore, i.e. Mayo hospital, Services hospital, Punjab Institute of Mental Health (PIMH) using purposive sampling technique. Quality of Life Scale (QOL) (Long, 2005) and Treatment Motivation Questionnaire (TMQ) (Ryan & Plant, 2004) was used in this research. Formal permission was sought from every hospital’s authority and then individual assessment was done by the researcher in the premises of the departments. Data was analyzed by using Pearson Product Moment Correlation and Regression analysis. The results indicated that there was significant positive relationship between treatment motivation and quality of life. Moreover, only help seeking aspect of the treatment motivation significantly predicted better quality of life.

Keywords: quality of life, treatment motivation, addicts, help seeking.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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