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Flunitrazepam abuse and personality characteristics in male forensic psychiatric patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11472788     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sixty male non-psychotic forensic psychiatric patients (aged 16-35 years) were studied after they completed their ordinary forensic psychiatric assessment (FPA). The prevalence of flunitrazepam (FZ) abuse was investigated by using both structured and in-depth interviews with the objective of studying the relationship between the abuse and personality traits. The patient's characteristics, DSM-IV disorders, and actual sentences were obtained by studying their files. In order to obtain measures on their personality traits, self-report inventories were administered to the patients. Eighteen out of 60 patients were FZ abusers, but only 4 of them received a diagnosis related to the FZ abuse during the ordinary FPA. In almost all cases, however, indications of the FZ abuse were found in the files. No differences in personality traits were found between the groups. The frequency of previous admissions to an FPA and actual sentences of robbery, weapons offenses, narcotic-related offenses, and other crimes (such as theft) among the FZ abusers deviated significantly from forensic non-FZ abusers. Therefore, the FZ abuse per se might be more responsible for their tendency to commit crimes characterized by danger and thrill-seeking (such as robbery, weapons offences, and theft) than personality. The most important conclusion is that assessment of FZ abuse is needed in forensic psychiatry.
A M Dåderman; G Edman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychiatry research     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0165-1781     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychiatry Res     Publication Date:  2001 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-26     Completed Date:  2001-10-04     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7911385     Medline TA:  Psychiatry Res     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Occupational Therapy and Elderly Care Research, Division of Forensic Psychiatry, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Benzodiazepines / administration & dosage*
Flunitrazepam / adverse effects*
Mental Disorders / complications,  psychology
Personality Disorders / diagnosis*,  etiology*
Prisoners / psychology*
Severity of Illness Index
Substance-Related Disorders / complications,  epidemiology*,  psychology*
Reg. No./Substance:
12794-10-4/Benzodiazepines; 1622-62-4/Flunitrazepam
Comment In:
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2004;32(4):467-8   [PMID:  15704634 ]

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