Experience-seeking characteristics of methadone clients

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Abstract

The following scales were administered to 32 clients (mean age 34.09 yrs) of a methadone program and a demographically matched normal control group of 32 Ss (mean age 32.16 yrs): modified version of Pearson's Novelty-Experiencing Scale, her Desire-for-Novelty Scale, and Vando's Reducer-Augmenter Scale. Methadone Ss scored higher than controls on measures reflecting boredom, desire for change, and attraction to physically thrilling activities. Correlations of these measures with length of most recent dependency before treatment, time on program, and time since initial dependency suggest that the demonstrated peculiarities of the methadone clients probably antedated their involvement with opiate drugs. (12 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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