Personality traits and mental health states of methamphetamine-dependent and methamphetamine non-using MSM

Todd M. Solomon, Mathew V. Kiang, Perry Halkitis, Robert W. Moeller, Molly K. Pappas

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Abstract

This analysis considers the relation between personality traits, mental health states and methamphetamine (MA) use in 60 men who have sex with men (MSM). Thirty MA-dependent and 30 MA non-using MSM were assessed on the Neo Five Factor Inventory, the Brief Symptom Inventory, the Perceived Stress Scale, and the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist - Civilian Version tests. Our results indicate differences between groups on a variety of measures of personality traits and mental states. Specifically, MA-dependent participants were found to be more Neurotic, less Open, less Agreeable, and less Conscientious. Further, MA-dependent participants were found to have higher levels of Paranoid Ideation and higher levels of Interpersonal Sensitivity. Given the high prevalence of MA use in the MSM community and the association between MA use and sexual risk taking, our findings provided a clearer understanding of how individual personality traits may be a factor in the continued use of this drug among MSM. Further research should seek to incorporate individual personality traits into the development of efficacious MA-specific treatment interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-163
Number of pages3
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Solomon, Todd M. ; Kiang, Mathew V. ; Halkitis, Perry ; Moeller, Robert W. ; Pappas, Molly K. / Personality traits and mental health states of methamphetamine-dependent and methamphetamine non-using MSM. In: Addictive Behaviors. 2010 ; Vol. 35, No. 2. pp. 161-163.
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Personality traits and mental health states of methamphetamine-dependent and methamphetamine non-using MSM. / Solomon, Todd M.; Kiang, Mathew V.; Halkitis, Perry; Moeller, Robert W.; Pappas, Molly K.

In: Addictive Behaviors, Vol. 35, No. 2, 01.02.2010, p. 161-163.

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