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Interrogative suggestibility in opiate users

Author(s): Edelmann, R. J., Davis, P. E.

Journal/Book: Addiction. 1996; 91: PO Box 25, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England OX14 3UE. Carfax Publ Co. 1365-1373.

Abstract: The present study investigated interrogative suggestibility in opiate users. A group of patients undergoing a methadone detoxification programme in an in-patient drug treatment unit (Detox group, n = 21), and a group of residents who had come off drugs and were no longer suffering om withdrawal syndrome (Rehab group, n = 19) were compared on interrogative suggestibility and various other psychological factors. Significant differences were found between the two groups, with the Detox group having more physical and psychological problems, and a higher total suggestibility score in comparison with the Rehab group. These findings are discussed in relation to the context of police interrogations and the reliability of confessions made by suspects and witnesses dependent on opiates.

Note: Article RJ Edelmann, Univ Surrey, Dept Psychol, Guildford GU2 5XH, Surrey, England

Keyword(s): DETOXIFICATION FEAR; WITHDRAWAL; PERSONALITY; SYMPTOMS; ANXIETY; SCALE


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