Hypochondriasis and somatosensory amplification.

  title={Hypochondriasis and somatosensory amplification.},
  author={Arthur J. Barsky and Grace Wyshak},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
A self-report questionnaire completed by 177 out-patients showed that hypochondriasis and amplification had a zero-order correlation of 0.56, and in stepwise multiple regression amplification accounted for 31% of the variance in hypochondriasis, after sociodemographic variables had been accounted for. Fears of ageing and death, and a childhood history of illness in the family, increased the R2 to 0.50. Amplification was more powerful in women than in men and was also a significant (although… CONTINUE READING