Personality disorder profeiles in drug abuse and abuse


  • Eva Castillo Fernández Centro Penitenciario Albolote, España.
  • Enrique J. Gómez Sánchez Centro Penitenciario Albolote, España.
  • José Luis Mata-Martín Centro de Investigación Mente, Cerebro y Comportamiento (CIMCYC), España.
  • Isabel Ramírez Ucles UNED
  • Francisca López Torrecillas Universidad de Granada



personality disorders, drug abuse, abusers


There is empirical evidence showing the relationship between personality disorders, violence crime and substance abuse problem. This study aims to examine the prevalence of personality disorders in prison populations (drug abusers and abusers), using as a control group a population imprisoned without these types of crimes. The participants were 45 men within the prison in Albolote (Granada) (15 drug abusers, 15 abusers and 15 control) and were selected following the Severity Addiction Scale (EUROPASI; Bobes et al., 1996) and the Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS2; Strauss et al., 1996). The Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory was used to assess personality disorders. We found that drug abusers had higher scores than abusers and controls in histrionic, antisocial, borderline and aggressive-sadistic, and abusers had higher scores than drug abusers and controls in dependent personality disorder. Our results highlight the need to take into account the existence of personality disorders in clinical population in order to design prevention and intervention strategies for drug abuse and domestic violence.


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Author Biography

Francisca López Torrecillas, Universidad de Granada

Centro de Investigación Mente, Cerebro y Comportamiento (CIMCYC), España.

Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico
Facultad de Psicología, Campus de Cartuja s/n, Universidad de Granada




How to Cite

Castillo Fernández, E., Gómez Sánchez, E. J., Mata-Martín, J. L., Ramírez Ucles, I., & López Torrecillas, F. (2016). Personality disorder profeiles in drug abuse and abuse. Acción Psicológica, 13(1), 31–40.



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