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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Various studies assessed mental disorders and psychological symptoms following natural disasters, including earthquakes. Yet, samples were often non-representative, and the periods of time between earthquake and assessments were usually short. This study aims to assess the prevalence of mental disorders, level of psychological symptoms(More)
Banco de Portugal (BdP) produces statistics to allow an in-depth understanding of the Portuguese economical situation and to comply with international requirements. With this purpose, the BdP collects high amounts of detailed data from a wide array of institutions, much of which derives from their accounting systems. The quality of this process is improved(More)
BACKGROUND At present there are no measures to identify the cognitive processes and behaviours that might mediate the outcome of treatment in people with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). AIMS To develop and validate a process measure that can be used to assess the progress of patients throughout therapy and in research for BDD. METHOD The psychometric(More)
BACKGROUND The evidence base for the efficacy of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for treating body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is weak. AIMS To determine whether CBT is more effective than anxiety management (AM) in an outpatient setting. METHOD This was a single-blind stratified parallel-group randomised controlled trial. The primary endpoint was at 12(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Various studies assessed rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following natural disasters including earthquakes. Yet, samples were often non-representative or small or both. This study aims to assess the prevalence of PTSD and predictors of PTSD 6 months after an earthquake in a rural region of Italy. METHODS A questionnaire(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to explore the eating behaviour in people with a specific phobia of vomiting (SPOV), and whether those identified as restricting their food had a greater degree of psychopathology and impairment than those who do not restrict their food. METHOD We recruited 94 participants with SPOV. They were divided into those who(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Obesity prevalence is noticeably growing, even in the elderly. Most of the studies concerning the impact of obesity in the elderly evaluated physical co-morbidities, whilst very few data are available on psychological co-morbidities in people ≥ 60 years of age. The present study aimed to compare anthropometrical measures, physical(More)
Little is known about the factors associated with the desire for labiaplasty. We compared 55 women seeking labiaplasty with 70 women in a comparison group who were not seeking labiaplasty. Measures administered included the Perception of Appearance and Competency Related Teasing Scale, Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, Disgust Scale Revised, and the Genital(More)
BACKGROUND Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a highly prevalent condition, yet available treatments demonstrate only modest efficacy. Exposure therapies, considered by many to be the "gold-standard" therapy for PTSD, are poorly tolerated by many patients and show high attrition. We evaluated interpersonal therapy, in a group format, adapted to PTSD(More)
BACKGROUND Vomiting is an almost universal phenomenon, but little is known about the aetiology of a specific phobia of vomiting (SPOV). The associations with vomiting during childhood and autobiographical memories may have relevance for our understanding of the development of SPOV and its treatment. METHOD Two groups: (a) a group with SPOV (n = 94) and(More)