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Inj Prev. 2008 Jun;14(3):180-4. doi: 10.1136/ip.2007.016857.

Personality disorders and nonfatal unintentional injuries among US adults.

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  • 1Center for Injury Research and Policy, Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, College of Medicine, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43205, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the association between personality disorders and nonfatal unintentional injuries in a representative sample of US adults.

METHODS:

Data on self-reported nonfatal unintentional injuries during the 12 months before the interview were obtained from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) were analyzed; 43,093 adults > or = 18 years participated in the NESARC wave I survey in 2001-02. Personality disorders were determined using the NIAAA Alcohol Use Disorders and Associated Disabilities Interview Schedule-DSM-IV.

RESULTS:

Individuals with at least one personality disorder had a significantly higher 12-month incidence of injuries than people without any personality disorder (p<0.001). After accounting for sociodemographic characteristics or other mental disorders, OR was 1.54 (95% CI 1.39 to 1.71) for individuals with one personality disorder and 1.80 (95% CI 1.58 to 2.05) for individuals with two or more personality disorders compared with people with no personality disorder.

CONCLUSION:

Personality disorders were associated with a significantly increased risk of unintentional injuries. This information has important implications for the treatment of patients with these disorders.

PMID:
18523111
DOI:
10.1136/ip.2007.016857
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