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01-06-2015 | Uitgave 2/2015

Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment 2/2015

Psychometric Evaluation of the Substance Use Risk Profile Scale (SURPS) in an Inpatient Sample of Substance Users Using Cue-Reactivity Methodology

Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment > Uitgave 2/2015
Robert C. Schlauch, Cory A. Crane, Rebecca J. Houston, Danielle S. Molnar, Nicolas J. Schlienz, Alan R. Lang
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Robert C. Schlauch, Cory A. Crane, Danielle S. Molnar, Nicolas J. Schlienz and Rebecca J. Houston, Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo, 1021 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203. Alan R. Lang, Department of Psychology, Florida State University, 1107 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306.
Robert C. Schlauch is now at the University of South Florida, Department of Psychology, 4202 East Fowler Ave, PCD4118G, Tampa, FL 33620. This research was supported in part by grants T32AA007583 and K23AA021768 awarded from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.


The current project sought to examine the psychometric properties of a personality based measure (Substance Use Risk Profile Scale; SURPS: introversion-hopelessness, anxiety sensitivity, impulsivity, and sensation seeking) designed to differentially predict substance use preferences and patterns by matching primary personality-based motives for use to the specific effects of various psychoactive substances. Specifically, we sought to validate the SURPS in a clinical sample of substance users using cue reactivity methodology to assess current inclinations to consume a wide range of psychoactive substances. Using confirmatory factor analysis and correlational analyses, the SURPS demonstrated good psychometric properties and construct validity. Further, impulsivity and sensation-seeking were associated with use of multiple substances but could be differentiated by motives for use and susceptibility to the reinforcing effects of stimulants (i.e., impulsivity) and alcohol (i.e. sensation-seeking). In contrast, introversion-hopelessness and anxiety sensitivity demonstrated a pattern of use more focused on reducing negative affect, but were not differentiated based on specific patterns of use. Taken together, results suggests that among those receiving inpatient treatment for substance use disorders, the SURPS is a valid instrument for measuring four distinct personality dimensions that may be sensitive to motivational susceptibilities to specific patterns of alcohol and drug use.

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