The aim of this study was to investigate the link between violence, crime, and sexual behavior among patients with substance-related disorder admitted to a specialized inpatient care unit.
This was a cross-sectional study using a questionnaire on socio-demographic characteristics, drug of choice (DOC), questions about sexual behavior, and instruments to evaluate the severity of dependence (SADD, DAST, FTND), level of impulsivity (BIS-11), and a screening sex addiction scale.
The sample consisted of 587 adult subjects, of which
- 82.3% were men,
- 66.4% had used cocaine (sniffed and smoked) as their DOC,
- 24.4% had a history with the criminal justice system,
- 26.8% had committed crimes,
- 19.3% had engaged in violent behavior, and
- 12.2% had been involved in drug trafficking.
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1a National Institute of Alcohol and Drugs Policy (INPAD), Psychiatrist, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) , Psychiatric Department , São Paulo , Brazil.
2b Professor, University of São Paulo (USP) , Psychiatric Nursing and Human Science Department, Faculty of Nursing at Ribeirão Preto, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil; PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research Development , Ribeirão Preto , Brazil.
3c Associate Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters of Ribeirão Preto , University of São Paulo, São Paulo , Brazil.
4d Professor and Executive Director, Sakina Counselling Institute , Port Louis , Republic of Mauritius.
5e Psychiatrist, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) , Psychiatric Department , São Paulo , Brazil.
J Psychoactive Drugs. 2016 Apr-Jun;48(2):124-134.
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