Year : 2004  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 135--139

Demographic And Clinical Correlates of Substance Abuse Comorbidity in Schizophrenia


Tapas K Aich1, Vinod K Sinha2, Christoday R. J. Khess4, Shailja Singh3 
1 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Universal College of Medical Sciences, Bhairahawa, Nepal
2 Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Universal College of Medical Sciences, Bhairahawa, Nepal
3 Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Universal College of Medical Sciences, Bhairahawa, Nepal

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Tapas K Aich
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Seventy patients of schizophrenia were divided into two groups based on the presence or absence of substance abusing history in them. Two groups were compared on various socio-demographic and clinical variables. Thirty-eight (54.3%) patients could be diagnosed as having comorbid alcohol/substance abuse/dependence. Seventeen (24.3%) of them were poly-substance abusers. Comorbid substance abusers were predominantly represented by positive syndrome while non-abusers by negative syndrome. In contrast to the report by the most western researchers, most patients in the present study with a diagnosis of substance abusing schizophrenia were married. Similar study from a developing country is rare in the existing literature.


How to cite this article:
Aich TK, Sinha VK, Khess CR, Singh S. Demographic And Clinical Correlates of Substance Abuse Comorbidity in Schizophrenia.Indian J Psychiatry 2004;46:135-139


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Aich TK, Sinha VK, Khess CR, Singh S. Demographic And Clinical Correlates of Substance Abuse Comorbidity in Schizophrenia. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2004 [cited 2021 Oct 17 ];46:135-139
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