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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 229-233

Alexithymia And Illness Behaviour Among Female Indian Outpatients with Multiple Somatic Symptoms

Pitt Crescent Wimbledon, London, 5WI9 8HT, United Kingdom

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Jaydip Sarkar
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Sixty Indian muslim women outpatients with multiple somatic complaints of nonorganic origin were assessed for alexithymia and abnormal illness behavior using the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS) and the Illness Behaviour Assessment Schedule (IBAS). Alexithymia represented by TAS scores correlated best with the IBAS variables of communication of affect, somatic illness causal beliefs and denial. Correlation with other IBAS variables was modest to poor.There was no correlation of IBAS variables with age of patient, duration of illness or nature of diagnosis: somatoform disorder or anxiety and depressive disorders, The study showed that alexithymia and illness behaviour are overlapping constructs and confirmed the usefulness of TAS as an instrument to discriminate between patients with anxiety/ depressive disorders and somatoform disorders



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