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J Nerv Ment Dis. 1985 Sep;173(9):554-60.

Hostility, somatic symptoms, and hypochondriacal fears and beliefs.


The authors administered self-rating scales of anger-hostility, somatic symptoms, and hypochondriacal fears and beliefs to seven groups of patients and nonpatients. Somatic symptoms were positively correlated with anger-hostility and were negatively correlated with feelings of friendliness; the correlation coefficients ranged from low to moderately high and were significant in most groups. Somatic symptoms tended to be associated more strongly with symptoms of anxiety and depression than with those of hostility. The associations of hypochondriacal fears and beliefs with hostility were inconsistent, varied between groups and with the concern measured. The findings do not support the view that anger or hostility are main or specific etiological factors either in somatization or in hypochondriacal fears or beliefs.

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