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Personality Traits of Alcoholics, Narcotic Addicts, and Polydrug Addicts Assessed with the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

By Neil W. McNerney


The purpose of this study was to compare person variables of addicted people from central and western Kansas to other addicted people in the United States. The sample consisted of 100 patients (50 males and 50 females) from Larned State Hospital\u27s Chemical Dependency Recovery Program. Independent variables were type of addiction (alcoholics, narcotic addicts, and polydrug addicts), gender, and four levels of age. Dependent variables were the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory\u27s two point profile scores, K and F validity scales scores, the MacAndrews Alcoholism Scale scores, and age of the population. Of the 12 null hypotheses, 2 were rejected. One null hypothesis had a statistically significant main effect for type of addiction and age. The results of the present study indicated that alcoholics were older than polydrug addicts. The results agreed with those reported in the literature. And one null hypothesis, investigating the K validity scale, had a statistically significant interaction between type of addiction and gender. The findings of the present study did not agree with many of the results reported in the literature. Therefore addicts from western and central Kansas may represent a different population

Topics: Counseling, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Work
Publisher: FHSU Scholars Repository
Year: 1988
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