The Assessment of Recovery Capital: Properties and psychometrics of a measure of addiction recovery strengths
Article first published online: 10 AUG 2012
© 2012 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
Drug and Alcohol Review
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 187–194, March 2013
How to Cite
[The Assessment of Recovery Capital: Properties and psychometrics of a measure of addiction recovery strengths. Drug Alcohol Rev 2013; 32:187-194], , .
- Issue published online: 5 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 10 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 14 MAR 2012
- recovery capital measure;
Introduction and Aims
Sociological work on social capital and its impact on health behaviours have been translated into the addiction field in the form of ‘recovery capital’ as the construct for assessing individual progress on a recovery journey. Yet there has been little attempt to quantify recovery capital. The aim of the project was to create a scale that assessed addiction recovery capital.
Design and Methods
Initial focus group work identified and tested candidate items and domains followed by data collection from multiple sources to enable psychometric assessment of a scale measuring recovery capital.
The scale shows moderate test–retest reliability at 1 week and acceptable concurrent validity. Principal component analysis determined single factor structure.
Discussion and Conclusions
The Assessment of Recovery Capital (ARC) is a brief and easy to administer measurement of recovery capital that has acceptable psychometric properties and may be a useful complement to deficit-based assessment and outcome monitoring instruments for substance dependent individuals in and out of treatment.