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Antisocial personality and substance abuse disorders

The relationship between antisocial personality (ASP) disorder and drug and alcohol disorders was examined using data from the Diagnostic Interview Schedule (DIS) gathered on a sample of 1,149 male prison inmates. The results of a linear canonical discriminant function analysis indicate differences among those with a DIS/ASP diagnosis that are related to the presence or absence of an accompanying substance abuse diagnosis: whites are more likely than nonwhites to receive the ASP diagnosis with a substance abuse diagnosis, and substance abuse appears to magnify ASP symptomatology. Diagnostic and clinical implications of findings are discussed


Collins, J., Schlenger, W., & Jordan, B. (1988). Antisocial personality and substance abuse disorders. Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 16(2), 187-198.