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LSD Flashbacks and Ego Functioning

LSD Flashbacks and Ego Functioning

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    Naditch MP, Fenwick S.

    Among 235 male LSD users (mean age 21.2 yrs), Ss experiencing flashbacks (a) were more likely to employ repression and regression, (b) were less likely to use intellectualization, (c) had less coping capacity and less tolerance of ambiguity, (d) had a more external locus of control, (e) evidenced more thought disorder, (f) were more maladjusted, (g) differed in motives for drug use, (h) used LSD more often, and (i) were more likely to have experienced acute adverse reactions while taking LSD than those Ss who did not have flashbacks. A large battery of tests, including measures of flashbacks; extent of, and motives for, drug use; acute adverse reactions to LSD use; schizophrenia; and regression, denial, coping capacity, and tolerance of ambiguity, was administered to all Ss. Multivariate analysis indicated that, with the exception of repression, differences in ego functioning did not make independent contributions to the variance in flashbacks when shared variance with acute adverse reactions was considered. Several alternative causal interpretations focusing on the significance of acute adverse reactions in the etiology of later flashbacks are discussed. (27 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)