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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 289-299

The Ongoing Quest for Sub-Typing Substance Abuse : Current Status


1 Senior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh-160 012, India
2 Assistant Professor, Drug De-addiction & Treatment Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh-160 012, India

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Debasish Basu
Assistant Professor, Drug De-addiction & Treatment Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh-160 012
India
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Substance abuse is a heterogenous disorder that necessitates classification for purposes of evaluation and treatment. Although a large number of typologies have been generated, the research has mostly focussed on alcoholism. The typologies of 'age at onset' and Cloninger's Type 1/Type2' have been extensively researched even though there is a lack of adequate validation. The present review of various typologies focusses more on the conceptual and methodological issues. A critique of the typological work is presented; highlighting the paucity of Indian research in this important area of substance abuse.



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