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ERIC Number: ED471668
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 10
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Coping with Loneliness: Young Adult Drug Users.
Rokach, Ami; Orzeck, Tricia
Since there appears to be a connection between substance use (and abuse) and loneliness it is of theoretical and clinical interest to explore the differences of coping with loneliness which drug users employ. The present study examined the manner in which MDMA (Ecstasy) users in comparison with non-MDMA (Non-Ecstasy) users and the general population cope with loneliness. Results reveal that drug users, in particular those who consume Ecstasy, so indeed cope with the distressing effects of loneliness differently. Both the effects of MDMA and the atmosphere in consuming this drug seem to help in endorsing most of the coping strategies of loneliness in this study. Since research indicated that users do not choose their drug of choice randomly but are exposed to the appropriate drug, the one which fulfills their particular needs, it appears that Ecstasy fulfills the needs and mediates the negative effect which loneliness causes and in turn, how one copes. The present study may indicate a need to address loneliness and strategies of coping with it, especially when counseling Ecstasy abusers in their teens or early adulthood years. (GCP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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