Psychosocial characteristics before and after growth hormone treatment in adults with GH deficit

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The aim of the present study is to evaluate personality traits, the intellectual characteristics, the degree of sexual identification and the ways of relating to the surrounding environment of a sample of 8 adult subjects with idiopathic GH deficit, before and after six months of therapy with biosynthetic GH. In addition to individual interviews, each subject was administered the following tests: the non-verbal scales of the WAIS test for adults, the Experimental World Inventory, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Bem Sex Role test and the Draw a Person test. Analysis of the data showed that the results of the intelligence and personality tests were not significantly different from the values of normal reference groups. Furthermore, all of the subjects showed good sexual identification without any elements of over or underevalutation of opposite sex, low level of self-esteem and a closed attitude towards social relationships. These relational problems can also be explained by the EWI results, which reveal a strong sense of detachment from the outside world and a pessimistic attitude with a tendency towards depression. After growth hormone therapy we observed a global improvement in relation to intellectual tasks, accompanied by a lower level of stress during their performance. An improvement was also observed in terms of emotional control which, together with the aspects indicated above, may have a positive effect on interrelationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-175
Number of pages7
JournalActa Medica Auxologica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1993


  • GH deficit
  • growth hormone treatment
  • intellectual characteristics
  • personal traits sexual identification
  • psychoneurophysiological profile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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