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Title: MMPI Profiles of Narcotics Addicts. II. Ethnic and Criminal History Effects
Journal: International Journal of the Addictions  Volume:24  Issue:9  Dated:(1989)  Pages:881-896
Author(s): C P Weisman; M D Anglin; D G Fisher
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: California Dept of Alcohol and Drug Programs
Sacramento, CA 95814
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA-04268; D-0001-7; DA-05283-01
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 240 male heroin addicts admitted to the California Civil Addict Program were analyzed to determine if incarceration before or after first drug use, a behavioral marker termed sequence, was significantly related to Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) profile scores; this relationship was examined separately for whites and Chicanos.
Abstract: MMPI profiles and resulting high point codes of the sample were analyzed with two modifications. One modification was that depressed psychopaths were separated from primary psychopaths to form their own subtype. Another modification was that many addicts who would have been unclassified were classified as schizoid psychopaths. Results indicated that white addicts incarcerated before they first used drugs had significantly elevated scores for paranoia and schizophrenia, two scales of the psychotic triad. A significant sequence-by-ethnicity interaction was found in which the sequence effect was not manifested in Chicago addicts. Clinical implications of the study findings are discussed. 27 references, 5 tables, and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Drug dependence
Index Term(s): California; Caucasian/White Americans; Drug abuse; Drug offenders; Hispanic Americans; Male offenders; Mental disorders; Psychological research; Psychopaths
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