skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 157847 Find in a Library
Title: Study of Violent Behaviors Associated With Cocaine Use: Theoretical and Pharmacological Implications
Journal: Annals of Clinical Psychiatry  Volume:2  Issue:1  Pages:31-35
Author(s): N S Miller; M S Gold; J C Mahler
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Violence associated with cocaine use was examined using anonymous structured telephone interviews with 452 males who inquired about a possible cocaine problem.
Abstract: The same two interviews conducted all the interviews over a month-long period. Participants all qualified for the diagnosis of cocaine dependence according to DSM-III-R criteria. Their average age was 28.3 years. Results revealed that 35 percent used cocaine intranasally, 7 percent intravenously, 30 percent by freebase, 30 percent through crack use, and 15 percent through a combination of methods. Behavioral effects included anger (42 percent), violence (32 percent), suspiciousness/paranoia (84 percent), feeling stronger (32 percent), and commission of violent crimes (46 percent). The types of violent crimes were physical fights (23 percent), attempted murder (1 percent), armed robbery (22 percent), violent arguments (25 percent), verbal arguments (33 percent), child abuse (1 percent), wife abuse (7 percent), murder (less than 1 percent), rape (1 percent), and robbery (14 percent). Thirteen percent committed their violent acts immediately after cocaine use, 17 percent a few hours later, and 19 percent during acute withdrawal. No significant differences existed according to the route of administration. Findings support earlier results and indicate that violence may in part be a defensive reaction to fear. 15 references
Main Term(s): Drug effects
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Violence causes
Note: DCC
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=157847

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.