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The self-reported personal wellbeing of a sample of Australian injecting drug users


Dietze, P and Stoove, M and Miller, P and Kinner, S and Bruno, RB and Alati, R and Burns, L, The self-reported personal wellbeing of a sample of Australian injecting drug users, Addiction, 105, (12) pp. 2141-2148. ISSN 0965-2140 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03090.x


Aims To examine the self-reported personal wellbeing of a sample of Australian injecting drug users (IDU) using a standardized instrument and determine the key correlates of variations in self-reported personal wellbeing. Design, setting and participants Cross-sectional survey of 881 Australian IDU. Measurements Self-reported personal wellbeing collected using the Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI). Findings IDU scored significantly lower than the general Australian population on the PWI and all subscales. Lower PWI scores were associated with a range of socio-demographic, drug use and other health and social characteristics. Across all PWI subscales, lower personal wellbeing scores were associated with unemployment, past 6-month mental health problems and more frequent injecting (all P < 0.05). Conclusions The PWI is sufficiently sensitive to distinguish between IDU and the general population, and to identify key correlates of PWI among IDU. Some domains canvassed within the scale, such as health, standard of living and life achievements, are well within the scope of current intervention strategies, such as pharmacotherapy maintenance treatment and housing and employment support services. This suggests that the PWI could be useful in clinical settings by allowing structured identification of the areas of a person's life to be addressed as a part of a treatment regimen. In order to inform targeted prevention and intervention efforts, longitudinal studies of PWI and its correlates among IDU are required.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Heroin use;injecting drug use;personal wellbeing index
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bruno, RB (Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno)
ID Code:66506
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2011-01-31
Last Modified:2014-11-27
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