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BACKGROUND Previous research on alexithymia and depression has led to a controversy over whether alexithymia should be viewed as a state-dependent phenomenon or as a stable personality trait. The aim of this 5-year follow-up study was to examine the temporal stability of alexithymia in outpatients suffering from major depression. METHODS The study(More)
The prevalence of alexithymia and its association with sociodemographic variables were studied in a sample of 1285 subjects representing the general population of Finland. Alexithymia was measured with the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). Alexithymia was normally distributed in the population in both genders, confirming that it is a personality(More)
OBJECTIVE Temporal stability is a basic assumption underlying any personality trait construct. Previous research on the stability of alexithymia has led to a controversy over whether alexithymia should be viewed as a state-dependent phenomenon or as a stable personality trait. The aim of this 5-year longitudinal study was to examine the temporal stability(More)
A 1-year follow-up study on 54 general hospital psychiatric consultation outpatients was carried out in order to determine whether alexithymic features, measured by the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS) are predictive of psychotherapy recommendations and whether alexithymia is associated with patients' compliance with these recommendations. Contrary to what(More)
Thirty-nine (39) middle-aged subjects with mild to moderate hypertension (WHO stages I-II) and 35 healthy normotensive controls from a community sample participated in this psychophysiological study, the aim of which was to study whether the electrodermal lability as an indicator of increased sympathetic activity is related to hypertension. Resting blood(More)
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