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MMPI characteristics of drug abusers with and without histories of suicide attempts.

Authors
  • Craig, R J
  • Olson, R E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of personality assessment
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1990
Volume
55
Issue
3-4
Pages
717–728
Identifiers
PMID: 2280335
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Compared to drug addicts without histories of suicidal attempt (n = 50), drug addicts who have attempted suicide (n = 50) were characterized by higher levels of maladjustment--particularly in the areas of depression, feelings of alienation, and use of projection and externalization--and were more emotionally withdrawn. Certain Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) codetypes appeared in the attempt group that were not present in the no history group. Drug addicts with suicidal ideation but no history of attempt (n = 13) were not significantly different from the other two groups, and their inclusion as a comparison group masked the real differences between the other two groups. The MMPI results suggest it may be possible to identify a suicide attempt group in substance abusers but not when contrasted with a suicidal ideation group. Treatment implications are considered.

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