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Avaliação Psicológica

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CORRADI-WEBSTER, Clarissa Mendonça; BRAGA, Carolina Magro de Santana  and  DOS SANTOS, Manoel Antônio. Drug Use, Networking, and Social Support among Outpatient Psychiatric Patients. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2020, vol.19, n.2, pp.132-141. ISSN 1677-0471.

The consumption of drugs is high among people with psychopathological diagnoses and can cause harm that overlaps the psychiatric morbidity. The social network and support are associated with the prognosis of this population. The aim of this study was to identify problematic drug use among individuals undergoing psychiatric treatment and to verify the association between this problematic consumption and their social network and support measures. The sample consisted of 178 participants. An instrument composed of sociodemographic and clinical questions; the ASSIST; MOS-SSS; and the Social Networks Inventory were used for the data collection. It was found that 41.6% of the participants presented problematic drug use, the most used substances being alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. Having experienced discrimination, not living with a steady partner and not practicing religion were associated with the problematic drug use. The importance of environmental factors in the co-occurrence of problematic drug use and psychiatric diagnoses is highlighted.

Keywords : Psychopathology; Drugs; Social support.

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