Psychological factors of propensity for alcoholism (social anxiety, hostility, Machiavellianism) in depressive patients

Psychological factors of propensity for alcoholism (social anxiety, hostility, Machiavellianism) in depressive patients

Abstract

Based on the analysis of psychosocial models of alcoholism and depression the general and specific factors of occurrence and course of illness are identified in the present study. The authors put forward hypotheses regarding the mechanisms of activation of psychological addiction to alcohol as an ineffective coping strategy. The necessity of empirical research needed to refine the techniques and targets of patient care within the psychiatric and psychological care is justified. The results of the pilot study show that depressed patients who are subject to alcohol dependence feature marked distress in interpersonal relations, coupled with hostility and aim at gaining profit and pleasure by manipulating other people. These patients are hostile to others, while in interpersonal relationships personal safety is important to them, so they may be more likely to resort to manipulation. In their attitudes with respect to health the communication of these patients is characterized by hedonistic tendencies and histrionic traits in interpersonal contacts.

Authors

Popinako, A.V.
Educational Psychologist at Professional College N39, Moscow, Russia
Pugovkina, O.D.
Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

Received: 01.22.2013

Accepted: 04.30.2014

Themes: Clinical psychology; Psychology of addictions

PDF: http://psychologyinrussia.com/volumes/pdf/2014_2/2014_2_73-83.Pdf

Pages: 73-83

DOI: 10.11621/pir.2014.0207

Keywords: depression, alcoholism, hostility, Machiavellianism, social anxiety

To cite this article: Popinako A.V., Pugovkina O.D. (2014) Psychological factors of propensity for alcoholism (social anxiety, hostility, Machiavellianism) in depressive patients. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 8(2), 73-83.

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