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Prevalence of alexithymia and its association with sociodemographic variables in the general population of Finland
Auteur(s)
SALMINEN J. K. ; SAARIJÄRVI S. ; ÄÄRELÄ E. ; ...
Résumé
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 dimension. The prevalence of alexithymia was 13%. Men were alexithymic almost twice (17%) as often as women (10%). Multivariate analysis showed that alexithymia was associated with male gender, advanced age, low educational level, and low socioeconomic status. As to the three factors of the TAS-20, men scored higher in factors 2 (difficulty in describing feelings) and 3 (externally oriented thinking), but there was no gender difference in factor 1 (difficulty in identifying feelings). Comparative population studies in other countries are needed to find out whether there are any differences in the prevalence of alexithymia between cultures. © 1998 Elsevier Science Inc.
Editeur
Elsevier; Elsevier
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PMID : 10088984 ISSN : 0022-3999 CODEN : JPCRAT
Source
Journal of psychosomatic research A. 1999, vol. 46, n° 1, pp. 75-82 [bibl. : 21 ref.]
Langue
Anglais
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