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Is flunitrazepam abuse in young male forensic psychiatric patients related to personality traits?
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8562-5610
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Abstract [en]

Young male forensic psychiatric patients have been studied and the prevalence of acute and chronic flunitrazepam (FZ) abuse with the objective of relating the abuse to personality traits was mapped. Sixty male non-psychotic forensic psychiatric patients were interviewed about their FZ abuse. In order to obtain measures on their personality traits the subjects completed a number of self-report inventories. Moreover, the subject’s psychiatric diagnoses and sentences were obtained by studying their files. These patients differed from subjects from a normal population in many personality traits, suggesting psychiatric/psychological vulnerability. Thirty per cent of the subjects were acute FZ abusers. The frequency of previous admission to a forensic psychiatric assessment, actual sentences of robbery, weapons offenses, narcotic-related offenses, and other crimes (such as theft) among the FZ abusers deviated significantly from criminal non-FZ abusers. No differences in personality traits were, however, found between the groups. The FZ abusers were classified into three groups, two of them based on the stated reasons for the abuse (“Fear reducers” and “Anxiety reducers”), and one containing abusers who had suddenly decided to stop the abuse (“Warning takers”). The mean T score on the Karolinska Scales of Personality socialization scale was significantly higher (p < .05) for Fear reducers than it was for Anxiety reducers. Legal decisions leading to the immediate withdrawal of the drug from the market are needed. Patients with anxiety- and sleep disorders can be treated with other drugs or with behavioural treatment programmes.

Keywords [en]
Flunitrazepam abuse, forensic psychiatry, violence, personality traits
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-5052OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-5052DiVA, id: diva2:586103
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Dyslexi bland unga kriminella män som genomgått en rättspsykiatrisk undersökning: Biologiska, sociala och psykologiska indikatorer
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Ingår som en delstudie (manuskript) i Anna Dådermans licentiatavhandling i rättspsykiatri vid KI. Publicerat senare med en medförfattare och helt omarbetat.

Available from: 2013-01-11 Created: 2013-01-11 Last updated: 2014-01-10Bibliographically approved

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