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Do men with excessive alcohol consumption and social stability have an addictive personality?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences. (Neuropharmacology, Addiction and Behavior)
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2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 52, no 3, 257-260 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The existence of an "addictive" personality has been extensively debated. The current study investigated personality in male individuals with excessive alcohol consumption (n = 100) in comparison to a population-based control group (n = 131). The individuals with excessive alcohol consumption were recruited by advertisements in a regional daily newspaper and controls from a population based Swedish Twin Registry. Personality was assessed by the Karolinska Scales of Personality (KSP). Comparisons were made with normative data. Furthermore, by using a multivariate projection-based approach (Principal Component Analysis; PCA), hidden structures of traits and possible relationships among the individuals with excessive consumption and the controls was investigated. The individuals with excessive alcohol consumption as well as the controls had mean values within the normative range in all scales of the KSP. Moreover, the PCA analysis revealed no systematic between-group separation. Taken together, this result demonstrates that male individuals with excessive alcohol consumption do not have a personality different from that of a general population, which supports the notion of no "addictive personality".

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2011. Vol. 52, no 3, 257-260 p.
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Personality, men, excessive alcohol consumption
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-152048DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2010.00872.xISI: 000290226100008PubMedID: 21255023OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-152048DiVA: diva2:412293
Available from: 2011-04-21 Created: 2011-04-21 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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