|Titre :||Addicted to the needle: the relationship between needle fixation and impulsivity (2013)|
|Auteurs :||S. L. HINTON ; T. D. SIGNAL ; V. C. GHEA|
|Type de document :||Article : Périodique|
|Dans :||Journal of Substance Use (Vol.18, n°1, February 2013)|
|Article en page(s) :||21-30|
|Discipline :||PSY (Psychopathologie / Psychopathology)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASEPSYCHOMETRIE ; SERINGUE ; IMPULSIVITE ; INJECTION ; TEST ; DEPENDANCE PSYCHIQUE ; COMPORTEMENT
Aim: This research examined the relationship between needle fixation and impulsivity in a bid to guide the development of treatments for needle fixation. The research also examined the position of needle fixation within contemporary diagnostic nomenclature.
Design: Participants completed a battery of self-report psychometric tests to differentiate between needle fixated and non-needle fixated injecting drug users as well as to assess for impulsivity.
Participants: Participants were 68 injecting drug users from Australia recruited via an online forum as well as via 10 sites of the Queensland Needle and Syringe Program.
Measurements: Four psychometric tests were used: the Needle Fixation Profile, the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale, the Leeds Dependence Questionnaire and the Severity of Dependence Scale.
Findings: Findings indicated that needle-fixated injecting drug users were more impulsive than non-needle-fixated injecting drug users, but not significantly so.
Conclusion: The results provide further support that the needle-fixated injecting drug users possess idiosyncratic characteristics requiring consideration in treatment. The findings of the research propel the position that needle fixation may be characterised as a behavioural addiction. Consequently, current evidence-based treatments for behavioural addictions could be modified to address the inherent difficulties of impulse control in those identified as needle-fixated injecting drug users.
|Domaine :||Drogues illicites / Illicit drugs|
|Affiliation :||Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Service, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia|