Determination of the reliability and validity of the marijuana craving questionnaire using imagery scripts

Edward G. Singleton, Adria J M Trotman, Marina Zavahir, Richard C. Taylor, Stephen J. Heishman

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The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability and validity of the Marijuana Craving Questionnaire (MCQ) by using active imagery of auditorily presented scripts. Current marijuana users (n = 48) imagined scripts that varied in amount of descriptors of desire to smoke marijuana, from no-urge to high-urge content. Self-reported marijuana craving significantly increased as a function of script-urge intensity on Factors 1, 3, and 4 of the MCQ. Homogeneity of items comprising each MCQ factor was examined, indicating no significant departures from unidimensionality. These results verify and extend the reliability and validity of the MCQ as a multidimensional measurement of marijuana craving. The data also suggest that drug craving is not an all-or-none phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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