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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Abstract

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.

Translated title of the contributionAlexithymia and depression. Comparison of different measures
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)404-409
Number of pages6
JournalRivista di Psichiatria
Volume39
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004

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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.