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Table 2 Results of the Q factor analysis: motivation for cannabis use

From: Identifying archetypal cannabis consumers to inform drug policy design: a Q-sort assessment of young adults’ attitudes in Mexico City’s metropolitan area

Archetype Most important factors (factors: +2, +3) Least important factors (factors: −2, −3) Q-sorts loading Eigenvalue Exp. Var. (%)
A (+3) I like how it feels when I use it, it helps me relax and I feel creative and have interesting thoughts.
(+2) It give me pleasure, it helps me feel good, and it helps me reduce stress, and sleep.
(−3) Helps me forget my problems, I have a medical problem and helps me cope with depression.
(−2) My friends also use it; it helps me feel I belong to the group I interact with; I stop thinking about my problems.
31 17.3 15.7
B (+3) It helps me relax, reduce stress, and sleep.
(+2) It helps me feel less nervous, stop thinking about my problems and cope with depression & anxiety.
(−3) My friends also use it; it helps me feel I belong to the group I interact with; I feel more attractive.
(−2) I wanted to try something new; I feel braver and can have fun with friends who also use it.
24 14.9 13.5
C (+3) It helps me forget my problems, feel good, and reduce stress
(+2) It is less harmful than other drugs, does not affect my health, helps me relax, feel less angry.
(−3) I have a medical problem; I feel more attractive and braver
(−2) It helps me feel less lonely, more confident and cope with depression and anxiety.
21 11.9 10.8
D (+3) It helps me forget or stop thinking about my problems and gives me pleasure.
(+2) I like how it feels, it helps me feel less lonely, helps me relax and feel more spontaneous
(−3) It is less harmful than other drugs; I have a medical problem; it helps me belong to the group I interact with.
(−2) I wanted to try something new; my friends also use it; it does not affect my health and can fun with friends who also use it
10 7.8 7.1
  1. Source: Own calculations from original data collected during fieldwork