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Social Problems

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Disease relevance of Social Problems


Psychiatry related information on Social Problems

  • Among patients with a variety of social problems, only a minority required regulatory intervention: 10 percent of those with injection-drug use, 16 percent of those with alcohol abuse, 17 percent of those who were homeless, 29 percent of those who used "crack" cocaine, and 38 percent of those with a history of incarceration [6].
  • However, gender patterns were found to vary across ADHD type on impairment measures of social problems, schoolwork difficulties, and self-esteem, with boys being generally rated as more impaired in the combined and hyperactive-impulsive groups but equally or less impaired in the inattentive group [7].
  • Decreases in specific Child Behavior Checklist subscales, including attention, social problems, and withdrawal, also were seen in the clinical groups after GH therapy [8].
  • Although not a focus of this article, premorbid personality, psychologic reactions to having epilepsy, and the social problems accompanying the disease are likely to contribute greatly to the development of psychopathology [9].
  • Thus, in patients with a tic disorder, the presence and severity of ADHD are the main predictors of associated behavioral and social problems [10].

High impact information on Social Problems

  • METHOD: Substance use, health and social problems of 1075 service users were assessed at intake to 54 agencies chosen to be representative of the main national drug treatment modalities [11].
  • RESULTS: Analysis suggested that Asian and Black patients were less likely than White patients to have psychological problems identified; that social problems and a psychiatric history facilitated recognition; and that current physical illness hindered recognition [12].
  • Concerns listed by more than 20 of children included social problems (35), cognitive effects of epilepsy (29), driving (29), sports (27), medication adverse effects (25), and schooling (21) [13].
  • Responsiveness to hydrocortisone was correlated with the symptom clusters social problems and anxious/depressed [14].
  • In view of the potential clinical and social problems in CF patients posed by these multi-resistant strains, it would seem prudent to consider the isolation of either B. cepacia or B. gladioli as of equal significance [15].

Biological context of Social Problems

  • Nitrate contamination of domestic potable water supplies: a social problem [16]?
  • We conclude that in this cohort of nonasphyxiated infants of 34 weeks or more gestational age, infants exposed to cocaine had more medical and social problems than control infants but did not differ statistically in the incidence of severe growth retardation, abnormal cranial or renal ultrasonographic findings, or abnormal pneumocardiograms [17].
  • For girls with Turner syndrome, social problems and learning difficulties often become more serious at this time, yet may be unacknowledged by those responsible for paediatric care because their focus is on growth and sexual maturation [18].
  • In a continuing dialogue and a process of changing power relations between clergymen, physicians, psychiatrist, psychologists, and pedagogues as well as Catholic homosexuals themselves, homosexuality was transformed from sin and pathology into a psychological and social problem that could be treated in pastoral and mental health care [19].

Associations of Social Problems with chemical compounds

  • At pre-treatment, the cocaine-alcohol (CA) group reported more frequent alcohol use, and more severe alcohol and family/social problems compared to the cocaine-only (CO) group [20].
  • MEASUREMENTS: Alcohol-related problems were measured in five problem areas: psychological dependence, symptomatic drinking, social problems, health problems/accidents and frequent drunkenness/hangovers [21].
  • Abuse of methamphetamine (MAP) and cocaine causes severe medical and social problems throughout the world [22].
  • Logistic regression identified four predictors of clonidine use at treatment admission: recent clinical anxiety, greater severity of family or social problems, recent cocaine use, and recent drug treatment [23].
  • The severe psycho/social problems related to this odor and the therapeutic response to choline restriction make this a diagnosis that should not be missed--a goal requiring wider capability in the laboratory and greater awareness on the part of the physician [24].

Gene context of Social Problems

  • In between-family association analyses the "Social Problem" scale was weakly associated with the number of risk alleles of DRD2 and DRD4, while the "Withdrawn" scale was related to the number of risk alleles of DRD4 (the 7-repeat and the A1 allele respectively were considered the risk alleles) [25].
  • Furthermore we investigated whether social problems are caused solely by the deficiency of GH or also by the associated absence of other pituitary hormones [26].
  • It was demonstrated that stimulant medication can lead to improvement in cognitive, academic, and social problems of children with NF1 and ADHD [27].
  • CONCLUSIONS: These results support the idea that social deficiencies associated with CP arise from a biased perception of emotion, whereas social problems in ADHD originate from a failure to attend to the appropriate cues of affect [28].
  • Twelve per cent of men and 19% of women were classified by the PSE as psychiatric 'cases'. Forty per cent of women and 47% of men reported at least one major social problem; effects of diabetes on everyday activities were common [29].


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