CHILDHOOD NEGLECT AND ABUSE IN ADDICTS AND NON-ADDICTS IN LAHORE, PAKISTAN

Authors

  • Mujeeba Ashraf, Farina Moaz

Abstract

Objective: The study was conducted to find out the history of childhood abuse and neglect in addicts and non addicts, and to examine the difference between childhood abuse and neglect in both groups.  It was hypothesized (a) childhood neglect and abuse is reported more in addicts than non addicts. (b) There is a difference between the prevalence of the type of childhood neglect and abuse in these groups.

Research Design: Matched group design

Place and Duration of Study: Lahore, Pakistan. January to September 2009.

Sample and Method: Sample of 50 addicts and 50 non-addicts were collected in Lahore, Pakistan. The research followed the (American Psychiatric Association [DSM-IV-TR][1]diagnostic criteria for drug addiction/substance dependence. A demographic questionnaire and childhood trauma questionnaire [2] were used.

Results: Data showed that 16% of the addicts reported severe physical abuse, 20% reported severe emotional abuse and 14% reported emotional neglect. A t-test revealed a mean significant difference between the groups.

Conclusion: The study provides evidence that addicts were more likely to have experienced childhood abuse and neglect than to non- addicts. This population might benefit from the support of government, and different health professionals

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Published

2013-06-30

How to Cite

Mujeeba Ashraf, Farina Moaz. (2013). CHILDHOOD NEGLECT AND ABUSE IN ADDICTS AND NON-ADDICTS IN LAHORE, PAKISTAN . Pakistan Journal of Clinical Psychology, 12(1). Retrieved from http://pjcpku.com/index.php/pjcp/article/view/87