College of Arts & Sciences

Date of Award

Summer 8-2009

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Gary W. McCullough, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Spencer K. Thompson, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Kay Ketzenberger, Ph.D.


Attitudes and beliefs towards psychotropic medication were evaluated among psychiatric outpatients, patients seeking buprenorphine for substance abuse, and nonusers in a general population. The Drug Attitude Inventory scale (DAI-10) and the Beliefs about Medicines Questionnaire General (BMQ-G) were used to assess attitudes and beliefs of 49 participants. The general population had a negative attitude toward psychotropic medication and the psychiatric groups showed positive attitudes. Compliance and noncompliance were not associated with attitudes or beliefs toward psychotropic medication. Other findings include that females had less positive attitudes and beliefs towards psychotropic medication than males. The current findings expand and support research associated with substance abuse treatment of buprenorphine and attitudes toward psychotropic medication among psychiatric patients and the general population.