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Am J Psychiatry. 1993 Jul;150(7):1043-7.

Dissociative symptoms in a substance abuse population.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Leavenworth, KS 66048.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study was intended to examine the extent of dissociative experiences that exist within a substance abuse population and to determine how demographic and clinical variables affect these experiences.

METHOD:

A total of 265 male veterans being treated on an inpatient substance abuse unit completed a standard test battery that included the MMPI-2, the Shipley-Hartford Institute of Living Scale, and the Dissociative Experiences Scale. Additional demographic and clinical information was obtained from the patients' medical records.

RESULTS:

Over 41% of the cohort had scores on the Dissociative Experiences Scale that suggested the need for further evaluation of a dissociative disorder. A stepwise multiple regression analysis revealed that level of psychological discomfort, IQ, and race accounted for more than 24% of the variance in Dissociative Experiences Scale scores.

CONCLUSIONS:

Substance abuse populations may need to be routinely screened for dissociative symptoms just as they are for depression and anxiety.

PMID:
8317574
DOI:
10.1176/ajp.150.7.1043
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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