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Alexithymia and perceived symptoms: criterion validity of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale.
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PMID:  1801048     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The associations between alexithymia and somatization, perceived symptoms and subjective health, were investigated in a population sample of 2,297 middle-aged Finnish men. A modified translated version of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS) was used to assess alexithymia. A graded and statistically significant relationship was observed between the TAS score for alexithymia and self-reported recent symptoms. The alexithymia score, adjusted for age, smoking and socioeconomic status, was also positively associated with the MMPI hypochondriasis index and inversely with perceived level of health. One of the factors of the TAS appeared to have a weak but significant correlation with a variety of diagnosed disorders that previously have been considered psychosomatic.
J Kauhanen; J Julkunen; J T Salonen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychotherapy and psychosomatics     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0033-3190     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychother Psychosom     Publication Date:  1991  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-04-17     Completed Date:  1992-04-17     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0024046     Medline TA:  Psychother Psychosom     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  247-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Community Health and General Practice, Kuopio University, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Affective Symptoms / diagnosis*
Health Status
Hypochondriasis / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales*
Reproducibility of Results
Somatoform Disorders / epidemiology

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