The Problem Recognition Questionnaire (PRQ)


Author of Tool: 

Cady, M., Winters, K.C., Jordan, D.A., Solberg, K.R., & Stinchfield, R.D.

Key references: 

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

Cady, M., Winters, K.C., Jordan, D. A., Solberg, K. & Stinchfield, R. D. (1996). Motivation to Change as a Predictor of Treatment Outcome for Adolescent Substance Abusers, Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 5(1).

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Problem Recognition Questionnaire (PRQ) is a 24-item inventory used to measure adolescent drug users recognition of their substance abuse and resultant readiness for treatment.


Adolescent drug abuse has many destructive outcomes for individuals, their families, and society at large. It is therefore important that effective treatments are devised and implemented wherever possible. The Problem Recognition Questionnaire (PRQ) was specifically designed to measure ‘abuse acceptance’ and ‘readiness for treatment’. These are considered key components of a successful intervention. The questionnaire covers three phases: Contemplation, Contemplation/Preparpation, and Preparation. As well as measuring problem recognition, the scale has been shown to be predictive of post-treatment functionality within a population of adult drug abusers (Cady, Winters, Jordan, Solberg, & Stinchfield, 1996).


The psychometric properties of the Problem Recognition Questionnaire (PRQ) are discussed in (Cady, Winters, Jordan, Solberg, & Stinchfield, 1996).



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