Problem Recognition Questionnaire (PRQ


Author of Tool: 

Cady, Winters, Jordan, Solberg, & Stinchfield

Key references: 

Cady, M., Winters, K.C., Jordan, D.A., Solberg, K.R., & Stinchfield, R.D. (1996). Measuring treatment readiness for adolescent drug abusers. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 5, 73-91.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The PRQ examines treatment readiness and receptivity in juveniles seeking out treatment for a substance use disorder. The PRQ is a 25-item inventory where respondents answer on a 4-point Likert rating scale from ‘Strongly Disagree’ to ‘Strongly Agree’. It has been appraised as having research and clinical utility for identifying subgroups of adolescents as a function of willingness to change and as a change measure in pre-post outcome analysis.


The 24-item Problem Recognition Questionnaire (PRQ) consists of three separate factors (Contemplation, Contemplation/Preparpation, and Preparation) pertaining to drug use problem recognition and readiness for treatment. The scale was developed with a combination of rational and empirical procedures.


The PRQ factors have adequate internal reliability (range .78 – .92) and were shown to be predictive of posttreatment functioning in an adolescent substance-abusing population (Cady, Winters, Jordan & Solheim, 1996). Also, the PRQ can be used a single dimensional measure of problem recogition (eigenvalue = 9.1; alpha = .91).



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