Title

Relationship of Depression with Measures of Social Functioning in Adult Drug Abusers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-1996

Publication Title

Addictive Behaviors

Volume

21

Issue

2

First page number:

211

Last page number:

216

Abstract

The present study describes the relationship between depression and several measures of social functioning--including employment, criminal activity, incarceration, marital functioning, and alcohol and drug use--in a population of adult drug abusers. Our investigation extends past work in this area by specifically investigating the effects of depression (as opposed to simple substance use) on social and interpersonal functioning. Predictably, elevated levels of depression were associated with increased use of hard drugs and alcohol, greater levels of institutionalization, reduced attendance at work or school, and lower overall rates of marital satisfaction. Consistent with previous reports, level of marijuana use was not related to severity of depression. It appears that depressed substance abusers experience significantly more social, vocational, and interpersonal dysfunction than their nondepressed counterparts. It is proposed that the efficacy of existing treatment programs for adult drug abusers will be enhanced through the addition of strategies to assess and ameliorate depression.

Disciplines

Psychology | Substance Abuse and Addiction

Language

English


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