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Antisocial Personality and Substance Abuse Disorders

NCJ Number
Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Volume: 16 Issue: 2 Dated: (1988) Pages: 187-198
J J Collins; W E Schlenger; B K Jordan
Date Published
11 pages
The relationship between antisocial personality (ASP) disorder and drug and alcohol disorders was studied using data from the Diagnostic Interview Schedule (DIS) gathered on a sample of 1,149 male prison inmates.
The results of a linear canonical discriminant function analysis indicate differences among those with DIS/ASP diagnosis which may be related to the presence or absence of an accompanying substance abuse diagnosis. Whites are more likely to receive the ASP diagnosis with a substance abuse diagnosis than nonwhites, and substance abuse appears to magnify ASP symptomatology. Diagnostic and clinical implications of findings are discussed. 6 tables, 26 references. (Author abstract modified).