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J Asthma. 1994;31(3):161-70.

Bronchial asthma and personality dimensions: a multifaceted association.

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Department of Personality Psychology, University of Valencia, Spain.

Abstract

Personality dimensions seem to play an important role in chronic diseases by maintaining or increasing the patient's physical complaints. This study examines in bronchial asthma: (a) the relationships among clinical data, baseline lung function, and personality traits; and (b) the patient's characteristics related to the physician's judgement about his or her asthma severity. Five questionnaires measuring anxiety, depression, self-consciousness, and subjective symptoms were completed by 51 asthmatic patients. Responses to questionnaires and clinical and demographic data were factor-analyzed. Factor analysis revealed that the physician's severity judgement is based on elderly age, high scores on depression, and longer duration of asthma.

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