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The authors tested the hypotheses that the insecure attachment styles of adult patients with schizophrenia are associated with (a) diagnosis, (b) psychopathological syndromes, and (c) course of the disorder. Thirty schizophrenic and 30 age-matching control males answered a self-report questionnaire tapping secure, avoidant, and anxious/ambivalent attachment(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the characteristics of patients whose first admission to Israel's psychiatric units was involuntary, and to identify a specific profile of the patients at increased risk for future readmissions. Our hypothesis was that when the first admission of a patient was involuntary, the number and duration of future hospitalizations would be(More)
AIM To explore (1) intergroup differences in comfortable interpersonal distances (CIDs) and the use of coping strategies; (2) the association of these parameters with individual symptomatology; and (3) the interplay between CIDs and coping styles in patients with depression and schizophrenia. METHODS The parameters of interest were assessed by means of(More)
As laid down by Israeli legislation, the Regional Psychiatric Board constitutes one of the chief instruments in the monitoring of compulsory hospitalization, of compulsory outpatient treatment and of the quality of all inpatient care of the mentally ill. This article presents the findings of a study into the working of these boards. Taking a sample of every(More)
There is a growing use of novel psychoactive substances (NPSs) including synthetic cannabinoids. Synthetic cannabinoid products have effects similar to those of natural cannabis but the new synthetic cannabinoids are more potent and dangerous and their use has resulted in various adverse effects. The purpose of the study was to assess whether persistent use(More)
Handguns are intended to be used for protection, but they can also be used as weapons of assault that may endanger others or inflict self-harm and facilitate suicide. Research has revealed a direct correlation between firearm availability and suicide risk. Gun control is intended to reduce violence through legislation that restricts ownership and use of(More)
BACKGROUND Though information about involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations (IPH) is crucial for the planning of Israel's National Mental Health Care Policy, very few studies have been carried out to date on this subject. AIMS To identify trends in first IPH to all inpatient psychiatric settings in Israel. METHOD The sample included all admissions of(More)
Previous studies comparing buprenorphine and clonidine provided little information about subjective factors associated with the effective management of opioid withdrawal. This study sought to compare detoxification programs using these medications with regard to side-effects and related distress, general well-being, perceived self-efficacy and social(More)
Risk or dangerousness is an issue which burdens the minds of all mental health and law enforcement professionals. Researchers have attempted to define its extent and constituent elements and to predict and assess it. Risk assessment is a complex task, influenced by the interaction of many variables, such as previous pattern of violence, biological,(More)
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