Title

Neuropsychological Examination Of A Chronic Cocaine Abuse Population

Date of Award

1987

Availability

Article

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department

Psychology

Abstract

A group of 25 chronic cocaine abusers were neuropsychologically assessed and compared to age and education matched normal controls. The cocaine group's neuropsychological impairment index score was found to be significantly lower than controls suggesting overall poorer performance. The cocaine group also scored lower on measures of verbally dependent skills and on tests sensitive to global processing difficulties. Controls performed poorer on measures assessing visual memory and oral word productivity. With regards to the cocaine group only, no relationship was found between degree of overall impairment and amount, route or years of abuse. A marginally significant relationship was observed between degree of impairment and level of typical alcohol consumption and days since last use.

Keywords

Psychology, Physiological

Link to Full Text

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