Alexithymia and global psychosocial functioning: A study on patients with skin disease

Angelo Picardi, Piero Porcelli, Eva Mazzotti, Giovanni Fassone, Ilaria Lega, Luisa Ramieri, Emanuele Sagoni, Paolo Pasquini

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Objective: The relationship between alexithymia and psychosocial functioning has been investigated in a few studies using indirect measures of adaptation. We aimed at directly evaluating the relationship between alexithymia and global psychosocial functioning, as measured by a standardised scale. Methods: A large, consecutive sample of dermatological inpatients (N=545) completed the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale and the Skindex-29 and were administered the Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition Axis I disorders and the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale. Results: Multiple regression analysis was used to control for likely determinants of psychosocial functioning such as age, sex, education, burden of skin symptoms, and psychiatric morbidity. The GAF score was associated with psychiatric morbidity (β=-.63, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-229
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


  • Alexithymia
  • Dermatology
  • Global assessment of functioning
  • Psychosocial functioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)


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