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Novelty-Seeking Among Schizophrenia Patients With Comorbid Alcohol Abuse

Kim, Jin Hun MD*; Kim, Daeho MD, PhD; Park, Sung-Hyouk MD*; Lee, Hwang Bin MD*‡; Chung, Eun Kee MD, PhD*

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: July 2007 - Volume 195 - Issue 7 - p 622-624
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e318093f425
Brief Report

Since characterological characteristics of patients with schizophrenia and comorbid alcohol abuse are not well established, we compared outpatients with DSM-IV schizophrenia, with (n = 51) and without alcohol-abuse (n = 51), matched for sex, age, IQ, and symptom severity, using the Temperament and Character Inventory. Dual-diagnosis patients showed highly selective greater novelty seeking.

From the *Schizophrenia Research Group, Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National Hospital, Seoul; †Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Hanyang Unversity, Guri, Republic of Korea; ‡Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Psychotic Disorders Program, McLean Division of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Send reprint requests to Jin Hun Kim, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National Hospital, 51 Neungdong-Ro, Gwangin-Gu, Seoul 143711, Republic of Korea. E-mail: kimjinhun@schizophrenia-research.com.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.