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NCJ Number: 157874 Find in a Library
Title: Drugs and Aggression: Correlations, Crime, and Human Manipulative Studies and Some Proposed Mechanisms
Journal: Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience  Volume:20  Issue:2  Dated:(1995)  Pages:141-149
Author(s): R O Pihl; J Peterson
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews correlational studies examining the relationship between drug use and violence, and discusses methodological issues.
Abstract: Laboratory manipulative studies confirm a correlation between the consumption of certain drugs and increased aggression. The potential mechanisms indicated by the resaerch are seen as causal only in the sense of how they can affect the likelihood of a specific behavior. The mechanism most easily defended is that pharmacological alteration in the threat system diminishes inhibitions toward aggression. The second proposed mechanism, psychomotor activation, explains the role of drugs that stimulate reward mechanisms and may increase aggression. There is also evidence to support the intuitive proposition that diminished cognitive functioning contributes to the disorganized and provocative behaviors of the intoxicated individual. 1 table, 4 figures, and 64 references
Main Term(s): Drug effects
Index Term(s): Aggression; Drug research
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