Social-cognitive difficulties in former users of methamphetamine
Henry, J. D, Mazur, M. & Rendell, PG. (2009). Social-cognitive difficulties in former users of methamphetamine. British Journal of Clinical Psychology,48(3), 323-327. Leicester,United Kingdom: British Psychological Society. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1111/j.2044-8260.2009.tb00487.x
Objectives: Methamphetamine (MA) abuse is associated with neurocognitive impairment. We investigated whether important aspects of social-cognitive function are similarly disrupted. Method: A total of 12 adults with a history of MA dependence (average duration of use, 3.9 years), currently engaged in rehabilitation and abstinent for an average period of 6 months, and 12 MA naive participants completed measures of facial affect recognition, theory of mind, executive function and memory. Results: MA users were impaired on the measures of facial affect recognition and theory of mind (ds=1.75 and 2.32, respectively), with the magnitude of these deficits comparable or larger to those observed on the cognitive measures. Conclusions: Social-cognitive difficulties are associated with MA use and have potentially important implications for rehabilitative practice.