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Are alexithymia and depression distinct or overlapping constructs?: a study in a general population.
Compr Psychiatry. 2001 May-Jun; 42(3):234-9.CP

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between alexithymia and depression in a general population sample (N = 1,888), as measured by the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and the 21-item Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-21), using factor analysis. The items of the TAS-20 and the BDI-21 loaded on separate factors with only a minor overlap concerning physical worries. However, in a subset of subjects, who were both alexithymic and depressed, loadings were highly overlapping. These findings suggest that alexithymia and depression may be highly associated. Another conclusion might be that psychometric properties of the TAS should be further developed to make differentiation between alexithymia and depression possible.

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Department of Psychiatry, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11349244

Citation

Hintikka, J, et al. "Are Alexithymia and Depression Distinct or Overlapping Constructs?: a Study in a General Population." Comprehensive Psychiatry, vol. 42, no. 3, 2001, pp. 234-9.
Hintikka J, Honkalampi K, Lehtonen J, et al. Are alexithymia and depression distinct or overlapping constructs?: a study in a general population. Compr Psychiatry. 2001;42(3):234-9.
Hintikka, J., Honkalampi, K., Lehtonen, J., & Viinamäki, H. (2001). Are alexithymia and depression distinct or overlapping constructs?: a study in a general population. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 42(3), 234-9.
Hintikka J, et al. Are Alexithymia and Depression Distinct or Overlapping Constructs?: a Study in a General Population. Compr Psychiatry. 2001 May-Jun;42(3):234-9. PubMed PMID: 11349244.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Are alexithymia and depression distinct or overlapping constructs?: a study in a general population. AU - Hintikka,J, AU - Honkalampi,K, AU - Lehtonen,J, AU - Viinamäki,H, PY - 2001/5/12/pubmed PY - 2001/8/24/medline PY - 2001/5/12/entrez SP - 234 EP - 9 JF - Comprehensive psychiatry JO - Compr Psychiatry VL - 42 IS - 3 N2 - The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between alexithymia and depression in a general population sample (N = 1,888), as measured by the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and the 21-item Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-21), using factor analysis. The items of the TAS-20 and the BDI-21 loaded on separate factors with only a minor overlap concerning physical worries. However, in a subset of subjects, who were both alexithymic and depressed, loadings were highly overlapping. These findings suggest that alexithymia and depression may be highly associated. Another conclusion might be that psychometric properties of the TAS should be further developed to make differentiation between alexithymia and depression possible. SN - 0010-440X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11349244/Are_alexithymia_and_depression_distinct_or_overlapping_constructs:_a_study_in_a_general_population_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0010-440X(01)32201-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -