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J Psychosom Res. 2004 Jun;56(6):707-9.

Study on alexithymia in adult non-patients.

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Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich, Lenggstrasse 31, CH-8029 Zurich, Switzerland. modestin@bli.unizh.ch

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We tested the purported complex relationships between alexithymia and somatization, depression, borderline pathology and general health.

METHODS:

A total of 139 medical students and 84 members of nursing personnel completed questionnaires.

RESULTS:

Thirteen (6%) alexithymic participants indicated more depression and borderline pathology and worse mental health. Path analysis confirmed a significant positive effect of borderline pathology and a significant negative effect of mental health on alexithymia but did not reveal any effects of somatization and depression.

CONCLUSION:

Presence of borderline pathology may indicate higher probability of alexithymia.

PMID:
15193968
DOI:
10.1016/S0022-3999(03)00125-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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