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Schalling-Sifneos personality scale: findings and recommendations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6729010     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Noting concerns for the measurement of alexithymia, the present study attempted (1) to provide descriptive data on the Schalling - Sifneos Personality Scale ( SSPS ); (2) to replicate previous factor-analytic findings on the SSPS , and (3) to suggest an alternative to the present method of scoring the SSPS . A sample of 430 undergraduates completed the SSPS . It was found (1) that the distribution of scores on the SSPS was approximately normal; (2) that the factor structure of the SSPS is robust over samples, and (3) that factor analyses identified factors representing characteristics consistent with those described by alexithymia. A subsequent factor analysis was performed to identify questionnaire items most relevant to the measurement of alexithymia. Nine questions were identified and were used in a revised scoring system. The distribution of revised scores is also approximately normal. It is suggested that this revised system is a more sensitive indication of the presence of alexithymia.
J B Martin; R O Pihl; P Dobkin
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychotherapy and psychosomatics     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0033-3190     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychother Psychosom     Publication Date:  1984  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-07-16     Completed Date:  1984-07-16     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0024046     Medline TA:  Psychother Psychosom     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  145-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Affective Symptoms / psychology*
Personality Tests*
Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology*

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