[Psychometry in gynecological research (author's transl)].


Psychology as an experimental science is trying to make human behavior and experience measurable. For this purpose, manifold standardized methods have been developed. In personal studies, relations between questions in the field of gynecologic consultation and psychometric test procedures were of interest, to evaluate the intelligence, extraintroversion, depression, and anxiety. Early detection of breast cancer through self-palpation depends among other things on personality-psychological factors. Introverted women renounce self-examination of their breasts twice as often as extroverted women. Late onset of menses is significantly more often connected with emotional lability and a rather low intelligence. Both often mean poorer tolerance of hormonal contraception. In climacteric women with depressive irritations, the antidepressive effect of estrogen therapy is sufficient in most cases. Only in about 1/3 of the patients are antidepressives necessary. The anxiolytic of substituted estrogens is evident from the fact that the frequency of psychometrically recorded anxiety can be reduced in the course of 6 months from 20-1%. Insufficient depletion of the urinary bladder is reported twice as often by women with an IQ of up to 90 than by those with an IQ of greater than 110. In accordance with this, women with more education report hardening of the abdominal walls during micturition than do women with less education. During depressive mood changes, painful micturition was 3 times as likely to be reported than by women who were not depressed. The lower the intelligance of the woman, the more often she experienced fear of operations. This does seem to be contrary to the daily experiences of gynecological practices. During a personal study, the tendency was evident in patients who had undergone removal of the breast that introverted personality charactertistics were seen more often. Psychometric studies from the U.S. and England confirm this and estimate these changes as unfavorable prognostic signs with regard to the risk of metastases and relapse. (author's modified)

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@article{Wenderlein1981PsychometryIG, title={[Psychometry in gynecological research (author's transl)].}, author={J Matthias Wenderlein}, journal={Schweizerische Rundschau für Medizin Praxis = Revue suisse de médecine Praxis}, year={1981}, volume={70 13}, pages={554-60} }