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NCJ Number: 166923 Find in a Library
Title: Problem of Interviewing Drug Addicts in Custody: A Study of Interrogative Suggestibility and Compliance
Journal: Psychology, Crime & Law  Volume:2  Issue:3  Dated:(1996)  Pages:185-195
Author(s): S Davison; M Gossop
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 11
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This study explored the effect of drug use and drug withdrawal on interrogative suggestibility and compliance using a group of heroin addicts in the Drug Dependence Unit of England's Bethlem Royal Hospital between October 1991 and March 1992.
Abstract: Patients were admitted voluntarily for detoxification from drugs and for rehabilitation. Dependence on opiates and/or other drugs was confirmed for all patients before admission by clinical examination, self-reported history, and urine drug analysis and after admission by patient responses to methadone during the titration period. Interrogative suggestibility scales used with 43 subjects showed that suggestibility for the group as a whole was not significantly different when they were on opiates, withdrawing from opiates, or drug-free. Results indicated, however, that a subgroup of vulnerable individuals may have been more suggestible when under the influence of opiates. Further research is recommended to clarify the effects of drug intoxication and withdrawal on the reliability of confessions obtained from drug addicts interviewed in police custody. 23 references, 1 table, and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Drug dependence
Index Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries; Drug abuse; Drug research; Drug treatment; England; Heroin; Interview and interrogation; Methadone detoxification treatment; Opioids
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