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NCJ Number: 158261 Find in a Library
Title: Personality Disorder and Assault History in Substance- Dependent Individuals
Journal: American Journal on Addictions  Volume:4  Issue:4  Dated:(Fall 1995)  Pages:306-312
Author(s): K T Brady; L R Dustan; D E Grice; B S Dansky; D Kilpatrick
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The relationship between assault, drug abuse, and personality disorders was examined by means of interviews with 82 drug-dependent men and women in inpatient drug treatment in a university-based hospital and a university- affiliated private hospital.
Abstract: Participants included 44 men and 38 women. They completed the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-III-R, parts I and II, and discussed their histories of victimization by physical and sexual assault. Results revealed that 60 percent met criteria for a personality disorder. The 43 persons who had experienced assault were significantly more likely to have all types of personality disorder diagnoses. Compared with those reporting adult assault only, those who reported childhood assault were more likely to have Cluster B personality disorders and to meet criteria for more than two personality disorder diagnoses. Personality disorders were commonly diagnosed in this group of treatment-seeking, drug-dependent individuals. Findings indicated that the effect of drug abuse as well as assault on the development and presentation of personality disorders is likely to be substantial. Tables and 23 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug treatment; Dual diagnosis; Mental disorders; Psychological victimization effects
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