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NCJ Number: 49849 Find in a Library
Title: DRUG ABUSE AMONG THE INMATES OF A WOMEN'S PRISON IN MEXICO CITY (MEXICO)
Journal: ADDICTIVE DISEASE  Volume:1  Issue:2  Dated:(1974)  Pages:153-175
Author(s): C M TERAN; L SCHNASS; G VARGAS; G BELSASSO
Corporate Author: Spectrum Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Spectrum Publications, Inc
Jamaica, NY 11432
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE RESULTS OF THE FIRST PART OF A RESEARCH PROJECT ON THE ADEQUACY OF SOCIALIZATION AND THE PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS OF FEMALE INMATES WHO ARE DRUG ABUSERS ARE PRESENTED.
Abstract: FOLLOWING A DISCUSSION OF THE THEORIES MOST PREVALENT CONCERNING THE CAUSATIVE FACTORS IN DRUG ABUSE BEHAVIOR, THE METHODOLOGY OF THE STUDY IS DESCRIBED. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REPORTED ADDICTS IN THE PRISON (N=24) WAS CHOSEN AS THE EXPERIMENTAL SAMPLE. IN ADDITION, TWO CONTROL GROUPS WERE SELECTED -- A GROUP OF PRISON INMATES WHO WERE NOT DRUG USERS, AND A GROUP CONSISTING OF WOMEN NOT IN PRISON, BUT WITH SOCIOECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS SIMILAR TO THOSE OF THE OTHER TWO GROUPS. THE AVERAGE AGE OF THE WOMEN INTERVIEWED WAS 25. THE FOLLOWING INSTRUMENTS WERE USED IN THE RESEARCH: A QUESTIONNAIRE TO CONFIRM THAT THE PERSONS LABELED AS 'ADDICTS' WERE SO IN FACT, AND TO ASSESS THE USE PATTERNS RELATED TO VARIOUS DRUGS; A SOCIOECONOMIC QUESTIONNAIRE CAPABLE OF ELICITING DATA ON THE SOCIAL SITUATION OF THE WOMEN INTERVIEWED; A QUESTIONNAIRE DESIGNED TO ELICIT DATA ON THE SUBJECT'S PERSONAL HISTORY; AND A BATTERY OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS (THE RESULTS OF THESE TO APPEAR IN LATER REPORTS) TO ASSESS THE PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MEMBERS OF EACH GROUP. THE DATA OBTAINED LED TO THE CONCLUSION THAT DRUG ABUSE, DELINQUENCY, AND OTHER DEVIANT BEHAVIOR EMERGE FROM VARIED SOCIOECONOMIC CONTEXTS WHICH MAKE ADEQUATE SOCIALIZATION DIFFICULT. IT WAS FURTHER INDICATED THAT IF CERTAIN FACTORS EXIST, SUCH AS STABILITY IN HETEROSEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS, THE SYMPTOMS OF INADEQUATE SOCIALIZATION AND CONFLICTIVE PERSONALITIES WILL BE RETARDED. TABULAR DATA FROM THE STUDY ARE SUPPLIED, AND REFERENCES ARE GIVEN. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug abuse causes; Females; Inmates; Mexico; Personality assessment; Socially challenged; Socioeconomic causes of delinquency; Studies
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