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Titolo:
Alexithymia in male infertility
Autore:
Conrad, R; Schilling, G; Langenbuch, M; Haidl, G; Liedtke, R;
Indirizzi:
Univ Bonn, Dept Psychosomat Med & Psychotherapy, D-53105 Bonn, Germany Univ Bonn Bonn Germany D-53105 ed & Psychotherapy, D-53105 Bonn, Germany Univ Bonn, Dept Dermatol, D-53105 Bonn, Germany Univ Bonn Bonn Germany D-53105 onn, Dept Dermatol, D-53105 Bonn, Germany
Titolo Testata:
HUMAN REPRODUCTION
fascicolo: 3, volume: 16, anno: 2001,
pagine: 587 - 592
SICI:
0268-1161(200103)16:3<587:AIMI>2.0.ZU;2-Q
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
SECONDARY ALEXITHYMIA; STRESS; SCALE; VALIDATION; HEALTH; INPATIENTS; DISCLOSURE; RESPONSES; SYMPTOMS; COUPLES;
Keywords:
alexithymia; coping; male infertility; personality; somatization;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Clinical Medicine
Life Sciences
Citazioni:
52
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Conrad, R Univ Bonn, Dept Psychosomat Med & Psychotherapy, Sigmund Freud Str 25, D-53105 Bonn, Germany Univ Bonn Sigmund Freud Str 25 Bonn Germany D-53105 nn, Germany
Citazione:
R. Conrad et al., "Alexithymia in male infertility", HUM REPR, 16(3), 2001, pp. 587-592

Abstract

The continuing confrontation with the thoughts and feelings surrounding anunfulfilled wish for a child makes coping very difficult. There is empirical evidence that, in medical illnesses associated with stress and loss of quality of life, patients react with alexithymia, which means a difficulty to communicate emotions. In this study we compared 84 infertile men with a group of 96 healthy men and 43 male psychosomatic outpatients concerning their ability to communicate feelings, measured by the Twenty-Item Toronto Alexithymia Scale and the amount of psychopathologically relevant symptoms, especially somatization, measured by the Symptom Checklist 90-R and a List ofComplaints (Beschwerden-Liste). The results showed a significantly higher alexithymia in infertile men compared with healthy men (P < 0.05), but a significantly lower alexithymia compared with psychosomatic outpatients (P < 0.05). Furthermore the study group showed significantly more somatic complaints in the List of Complaints compared with healthy men (P < 0.05). The importance of alexithymia in male infertility is discussed on the basis of empirical results that it might play a defensive role as far as depression isconcerned but on the other hand increases the possibility of somatic complaints, The need for prospective studies in further research is emphasized.

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