Intrinsic motivation and psychological connectedness to drug abuse and rehabilitation : The perspective of self-determination

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1934
Number of pages17
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume16
Issue number11
Online published31 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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Abstract

This study adopts the perspective of the Self-Determination Theory to look at the psychological experience of drug users and their decisions to take drugs or not, with particular emphasis on the concept of relatedness. To achieve this objective, a qualitative methodology was employed to explore the experiences of these drug users regarding how they take drugs and/or relapse. Theory-driven thematic analysis was employed to identify themes related to this topic. Results show that one’s psychological need for relatedness is an important determinant of whether one will take drugs or not, via the interaction mechanisms that exist in dimensions of affiliation and intimacy. While drug taking is a result of the modeling behavior existing in affiliated relationships, it is also a coping strategy for the ultimate satisfaction of psychological needs when human relatedness disappears. The implication is that significant others can develop unconditionally warm, caring, and empathetic supportive relationships with drug users, so as to enhance their fulfillment of psychological needs and reduce the risk of drug relapse.

Research Area(s)

  • drug addiction, drug relapse, psychological need, relatedness, self-determination Theory

Citation Format(s)

Intrinsic motivation and psychological connectedness to drug abuse and rehabilitation : The perspective of self-determination . / Chan, Gloria H. Y.; Lo, T. Wing; Tam, H. L. Cherry; Lee, Gabriel K. W.

In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 16, No. 11, 1934, 01.06.2019.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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