Affectionate experience mediates the effects of alexithymia on mental health and interpersonal relationships

  title={Affectionate experience mediates the effects of alexithymia on mental health and interpersonal relationships},
  author={Colin Hesse and Kory Floyd},
  journal={Journal of Social and Personal Relationships},
  pages={793 - 810}
  • Colin HesseK. Floyd
  • Published 1 October 2008
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
Affection has long been found to be a foundational force in any sort of human relationship, influencing such areas as relational closeness, stress, and depression. One psychological condition that may influence the communication of affection is alexithymia, which hinders the ability of an individual both to experience and to express emotion. On the basis of affection exchange theory, we hypothesized a mediating effect of affectionate communication on the association between alexithymia and… 

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