Assessment of motivation to control alcohol use: the motivational thought frequency and state motivation scales for alcohol control

Robinson, Nicole, Kavanagh, David, Connor, Jason, May, Jon and Andrade, Jackie (2016) Assessment of motivation to control alcohol use: the motivational thought frequency and state motivation scales for alcohol control. Addictive Behaviors, 59 1-6. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.02.038


Author Robinson, Nicole
Kavanagh, David
Connor, Jason
May, Jon
Andrade, Jackie
Title Assessment of motivation to control alcohol use: the motivational thought frequency and state motivation scales for alcohol control
Journal name Addictive Behaviors   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-6327
0306-4603
Publication date 2016-08-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.02.038
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 59
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction

The Elaborated Intrusion Theory of Desire holds that desires for functional and dysfunctional goals share a common form. Both are embodied cognitive events, characterised by affective intensity and frequency. Accordingly, we developed scales to measure motivational cognitions for functional goals (Motivational Thought Frequency, MTF; State Motivation, SM), based on the existing Craving Experience Questionnaire (CEQ). When applied to increasing exercise, MTF and SM showed the same three-factor structure as the CEQ (Intensity, Imagery, Availability). The current study tested the internal structure and concurrent validity of the MTF and SM Scales when applied to control of alcohol consumption (MTF-A; SM-A).

Methods

Participants (N = 417) were adult tertiary students, staff or community members who had recently engaged in high-risk drinking or were currently trying to control alcohol consumption. They completed an online survey comprising the MTF-A, SM-A, Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), Readiness to Change Questionnaire (RCQ) and demographics.

Results

Confirmatory Factor Analysis gave acceptable fit for the MTF-A, but required the loss of one SM-A item, and was improved by intercorrelations of error terms. Higher scores were associated with more severe problems on the AUDIT and with higher Contemplation and Action scores on the RCQ.

Conclusions

The MTF-A and SM-A show potential as measures of motivation to control drinking. Future research will examine their predictive validity and sensitivity to change. The scales' application to both increasing functional and decreasing dysfunctional behaviours is consistent with EI Theory's contention that both goal types operate in similar ways.
Keyword High-risk alcohol use
Assessment
Motivation
Desire
Confirmatory factor analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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