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The Importance of Age at Onset of Excessive Alcohol Use with Regard to Psychiatric Symptoms and Personality Characteristics

Journal article
Authors Fides Schückher
Tabita Sellin
Kristina Berglund
Ulf Berggren
Jan Balldin
Ingemar Engström
Claudia Fahlke
Published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Volume 35
Issue 7
Pages 328-343
ISSN 0734-7324
Publication year 2017
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry
Department of Psychology
Pages 328-343
Language en
Links doi.org/10.1080/07347324.2017.13505...
Keywords alcohol onset, gender, personality, psychiatric symptoms
Subject categories Clinical Medicine

Abstract

© 2017 Taylor & Francis. Psychiatric symptoms and personality characteristics were studied in men (n = 252) and women (n = 86) as they commenced treatment for excessive alcohol use. The Addiction Severity Index, Symptom Check List, and Temperament and Character Inventory were used. ANOVA with early/late onset and gender as covariates showed significantly lower scores for psychiatric symptoms and more mature personality characteristics in the late-onset group compared to early onset. Men described more depression and anxiety, and women higher persistence. Results indicate the importance of considering age at onset of excessive alcohol use when patients enter treatment because different treatment approaches may be required.

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