Attributions for psychobiological changes in ecstasy/MDMA and other polydrug users

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Soar, K., Parrott, A.C. and Turner, J. 2009. Attributions for psychobiological changes in ecstasy/MDMA and other polydrug users. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 23 (7), pp. 745-758.
AuthorsSoar, K., Parrott, A.C. and Turner, J.
Abstract

Ecstasy [3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)] use has been
associated with a number of psychopathological problems. However,
research suggests that reported symptoms might be associated more with
heavy polydrug use in general rather than ecstasy per se. The current study
aimed to determine the role of other drug use in reports of long-term
effects by some ecstasy-polydrug users. Problematic ecstasy users (n = 53),
reporting problems which they attributed to ecstasy use, were compared
with non-problematic ecstasy users (n = 62), polydrug (n = 62) and
alcohol/nicotine using controls (n = 111). Drug use was recorded, and
positive and negative life changes were assessed along with which
previous drug use, if any, they attributed these changes too. Both ecstasy
groups reported higher drug use compared with polydrug controls.
Polydrug and ecstasy users more often reported life changes compared
with non-drug users, and ecstasy users appeared to experience more life
changes than polydrug users, with problematic ecstasy users experiencing
most alterations. Ecstasy users reported changes more to a combination of
drugs than to one specific drug, suggesting that polydrug use in these
groups has an impact on their life experiences. These findings emphasise
that research into the psychological effects of ecstasy should not
underestimate the role of other polydrug use.

Keywordsecstacy; MDMA; polydrug use; psychopathology
JournalJournal of Psychopharmacology
Journal citation23 (7), pp. 745-758
Year2009
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1398
Publication dates
Print14 Aug 2009
Publication process dates
Deposited05 Dec 2011
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Soar, K., Parrott, A.C. and Turner, J.J.D. (2009) 'Attributions for psychobiological changes in ecstasy/MDMA and other polydrug users'. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 23(7), pp. 745-758.

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