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O'Mahony, Paul and Smith, E. (1984) Some personality characteristics of imprisoned heroin addicts. Drug and Alcohol Dependence , 13 , (3) , pp. 255-265.

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This paper presented findings from research concerned with personality factors and addiction. Four personality measures were examined - level of self-esteem, perceived locus of control, tending to self-deception, and tending to project a flattering self-image. A group of 20 imprisoned heroin addicts was compared with a group of non-addict fellow prisoners and a group of normal controls. Those misusing drugs were found to be significantly lower in self-esteem and less likely to project a flattering self-image than the control group. However, they were similar to the non-drug-using prisoners on all the psychological measures, and this was also found to be the case in terms of socio-economic indices and criminal history.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Opioid
Date
1984
Page Range
pp. 255-265
Publisher
Elsevier Science
Volume
13
Number
3
Notes
Reprinted with kind permission from Elsevier
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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