Social-cognitive difficulties in former users of methamphetamine

Henry, Julie D., Mazur, Magdalena and Rendell, Peter G. (2009) Social-cognitive difficulties in former users of methamphetamine. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 48 3: 323-327. doi:10.1348/000712609X435742

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Author Henry, Julie D.
Mazur, Magdalena
Rendell, Peter G.
Title Social-cognitive difficulties in former users of methamphetamine
Journal name British Journal of Clinical Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-6657
Publication date 2009-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1348/000712609X435742
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 48
Issue 3
Start page 323
End page 327
Total pages 5
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives. Methamphetamine (MA) abuse is associated with neurocognitive
impairment. We investigated whether important aspects of social-cognitive function are similarly disrupted.

Methods. A total of 12 adults with a history of MA dependence (average duration of use, 3.9 years), currently engaged in rehabilitation and abstinent for an average period of 6 months, and 12 MA naive participants completed measures of facial affect recognition, theory of mind, executive function and memory.

Results. MA users were impaired on the measures of facial affect recognition and theory of mind (ds = 1:75 and 2.32, respectively), with the magnitude of these deficits comparable or larger to those observed on the cognitive measures.

Conclusions. Social-cognitive difficulties are associated with MA use and have potentially important implications for rehabilitative practice.
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Collection: School of Psychology Publications
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