Alessitimia e depressione. Confronto tra diversi strumenti di misura

Translated title of the contribution: Alexithymia and depression. Comparison of different measures

Orlando Todarello, Piero Porcelli, Antonello Bellomo, Marcello Nardini

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Objective. We aimed to evaluate the controversial association between alexithymia and depression with different assessment methods. Methods. Self-report and personality measures were administered to 92 patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Alexithymia was assessed with the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and with 4 variables from Exner's Rorschach Comprehensive System that represent the core features of this construct (F%, CDI, EA, and M). Depression was assessed with the depression subscale of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and the Rorschach Depression Index (DEPI). Results. The TAS-20 and the 4 Rorschach variables of alexithymia were significantly associated but both measures of alexithymia were unrelated to HADS and DEPI. Multiple regression showed that the Rorschach variables (F%, CDI, and EA), but not DEPI and HADS, were independently associated to the TAS-20. Disease activity was significantly associated with depressive symptoms but not with alexithymia. Conclusion. Within this sample of IBD patients, alexithymia (as assessed by the TAS-20 and the Rorschach) was unrelated either to depression, regardless of the assessment methods, and disease activity. Conversely, depressive symptoms were positively associated with higher IBD activity.

Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)404-409
Number of pages6
JournalRivista di Psichiatria
Volume39
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004

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Affective Symptoms
Depression
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Anxiety
Self Report
Personality

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Todarello, O., Porcelli, P., Bellomo, A., & Nardini, M. (2004). Alessitimia e depressione. Confronto tra diversi strumenti di misura. Rivista di Psichiatria, 39(6), 404-409.

Alessitimia e depressione. Confronto tra diversi strumenti di misura. / Todarello, Orlando; Porcelli, Piero; Bellomo, Antonello; Nardini, Marcello.

In: Rivista di Psichiatria, Vol. 39, No. 6, 11.2004, p. 404-409.

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Todarello, O, Porcelli, P, Bellomo, A & Nardini, M 2004, 'Alessitimia e depressione. Confronto tra diversi strumenti di misura', Rivista di Psichiatria, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 404-409.
Todarello O, Porcelli P, Bellomo A, Nardini M. Alessitimia e depressione. Confronto tra diversi strumenti di misura. Rivista di Psichiatria. 2004 Nov;39(6):404-409.
Todarello, Orlando ; Porcelli, Piero ; Bellomo, Antonello ; Nardini, Marcello. / Alessitimia e depressione. Confronto tra diversi strumenti di misura. In: Rivista di Psichiatria. 2004 ; Vol. 39, No. 6. pp. 404-409.
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