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Alexithymia, somatization and negative affect in a community sample.
Psychiatry Res. 2007 Feb 28; 150(1):13-20.PR

Abstract

Whilst alexithymia has been consistently linked to somatization, two prominent theoretical models lead to opposite predictions as to which of two proposed typologies of alexithymia will be particularly associated with somatic symptom reporting. In the present study, participants were recruited from a cross-section of the general adult population (n=301), and asked to complete a battery of self-report questionnaires which assessed alexithymia, somatization and negative affect. Collapsed across the whole sample, specific facets of alexithymia (enhanced fantasy life and difficulty identifying emotions) were significantly associated with somatization, and these pathways were perfectly mediated by negative affectivity. Further, type II alexithymia (impairment in the cognitive but not the affective dimension of alexithymia) was more predictive of somatization relative to type I alexithymia (impairment in both the cognitive and affective dimensions of alexithymia) and non-alexithymia (unimpaired in the cognitive and affective dimensions of alexithymia). The theoretical and clinical implications of these results are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales 2052, Australia.No affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17258817

Citation

Bailey, Phoebe E., and Julie D. Henry. "Alexithymia, Somatization and Negative Affect in a Community Sample." Psychiatry Research, vol. 150, no. 1, 2007, pp. 13-20.
Bailey PE, Henry JD. Alexithymia, somatization and negative affect in a community sample. Psychiatry Res. 2007;150(1):13-20.
Bailey, P. E., & Henry, J. D. (2007). Alexithymia, somatization and negative affect in a community sample. Psychiatry Research, 150(1), 13-20.
Bailey PE, Henry JD. Alexithymia, Somatization and Negative Affect in a Community Sample. Psychiatry Res. 2007 Feb 28;150(1):13-20. PubMed PMID: 17258817.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Alexithymia, somatization and negative affect in a community sample. AU - Bailey,Phoebe E, AU - Henry,Julie D, Y1 - 2007/01/29/ PY - 2005/12/20/received PY - 2006/04/05/revised PY - 2006/05/23/accepted PY - 2007/1/30/pubmed PY - 2007/5/31/medline PY - 2007/1/30/entrez SP - 13 EP - 20 JF - Psychiatry research JO - Psychiatry Res VL - 150 IS - 1 N2 - Whilst alexithymia has been consistently linked to somatization, two prominent theoretical models lead to opposite predictions as to which of two proposed typologies of alexithymia will be particularly associated with somatic symptom reporting. In the present study, participants were recruited from a cross-section of the general adult population (n=301), and asked to complete a battery of self-report questionnaires which assessed alexithymia, somatization and negative affect. Collapsed across the whole sample, specific facets of alexithymia (enhanced fantasy life and difficulty identifying emotions) were significantly associated with somatization, and these pathways were perfectly mediated by negative affectivity. Further, type II alexithymia (impairment in the cognitive but not the affective dimension of alexithymia) was more predictive of somatization relative to type I alexithymia (impairment in both the cognitive and affective dimensions of alexithymia) and non-alexithymia (unimpaired in the cognitive and affective dimensions of alexithymia). The theoretical and clinical implications of these results are discussed. SN - 0165-1781 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17258817/Alexithymia_somatization_and_negative_affect_in_a_community_sample_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0165-1781(06)00190-9 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -