Skip to main content

Correlates of substance misuse in patients with first-episode schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder

Buy Article:

The full text article is temporarily unavailable.

We apologise for the inconvenience. Please try again later.

Abstract:

Objective: To identify factors associated with substance misuse in first-episode patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

Method: Twenty-seven patients with a past or current history of substance misuse were compared with 91 patients with no history of misuse on demographic and psychopathological measures before being treated for their first episode of psychosis, and on cognitive measures after 6 months of treatment.

Results: There were no statistically significant differences between groups for sex, schizophrenia subtype, marital status, education, family history of schizophrenia, course of illness, age of onset, baseline symptoms, time to treatment response, medication side effects, attention span, memory and executive functioning. However, dual diagnosis patients were found to have a higher parental social class, better premorbid cognitive functioning, higher IQ and better language skills.

Conclusion: First-episode patients with a history of substance misuse have higher intellectual functioning, which may be associated with higher premorbid socioeconomic status and cognitive functioning.

Keywords: abuse; dependence; dual diagnosis; schizoaffective; schizophrenia; substance misuse

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2001

mksg/acp/2001/00000104/00000005/art00009
dcterms_title,dcterms_description,pub_keyword
6
5
20
40
5

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more