Alexithymia and anxiety: Compounded relationships? A psychometric study

S. Berthoz, S. Consoli, F. Perez-Diaz, R. Jouvent
Eur. psychiatr.. 1999-11-01; 14(7): 372-378
DOI: 10.1016/S0924-9338(99)00233-3

SummaryThis study is a careful examination of the relationships between different components of the alexithymia construct and state versus trait anxiety. In order to study the relations between anxiety and alexithymia in a subclinical population, we administered to 125 female college students a test battery including measures of alexithymia (TAS26), state and trait anxiety (STAI) and depression (QD2A). Results indicated positive correlations between depression, anxiety (state and trait) and alexithymia scores. Partial correlations revealed a tight link between trait anxiety and alexithymia. Furthermore, in agreement with the view that alexithymia is a multidimensional construct, the various alexithymia dimensions were found to be diversely correlated with anxiety. On the basis of partial correlation analyses, a descriptive model of the relationships between depression, state anxiety, trait anxiety and alexithymia was postulated. This model was confirmed by pathways analyses.

Auteurs Bordeaux Neurocampus