Drug-use history and experience seeking among adult male correctional inmates

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Administered a questionnaire eliciting the following data to 269 young adult male inmates of a correctional center: Pearson's Novelty-Experiencing Scale, Pearson's Desire-for-Novelty Scale, Vando's Reducer-Augmenter Scale, and items on history of ever having used cannabis, psychedelics, amphetamines, barbiturates, and narcotics. Data were analyzed by multiple-set factor analysis. Results show the following: (a) The reported use of all drugs intercorrelated so highly as to constitute essentially a single dimension. (b) The conceptual distinctiveness of the experience-seeking measures in the predictor set was supported. (c) Drug use in the sampled population was most frequent among men who were attracted to unusual states of consciousness and to physically thrilling activities, who were somewhat lacking in curiosity, who were stimulus-intensity reducers, and who were somewhat bored and dissatisfied with their lives. (d) Attraction to unusual states of consciousness was the most important of these characteristics. (31 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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