The article analyzes conditions associated with low scores on the Social Skills Inventory (SSI) among crack users in Greater Metropolitan Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil, based on a cross-sectional study in a convenience sample of 519 individuals interviewed in 2011. Low SSI scores occurred in 52.8% of the sample, and there were no differences according to currently active use of crack (yes/no) or current addiction treatment. Higher likelihood of low SSI was associated with crack users in pre-contemplation or contemplation in University of Rhode Island Change Assessment - URICA (p = 0.031), high Beck Depression Inventory - BDI scores (p = 0.037), mourning a deceased child (p = 0.001), and having committed armed robbery to obtain crack (p = 0/020). Lower likelihood of low SSI was associated with 9 or more years of schooling (p = 0.001), high social support (p < 0.001), high resilience (p < 0.001), having lost contact with parents (p = 0.032), history of hospitalization due to crack (p = 0.009), and history of sex to obtain crack (p = 0.009). The findings are clinically useful and highlight the issue's importance.
Social Skills; Crack; Cocaine; Emotional Intelligence; Substance-Related Disorders