Controlled study of alexithymic characteristics in patients with psychogenic pain disorder

Psychother Psychosom. 1987;47(1):11-7. doi: 10.1159/000287992.


Alexithymic characteristics were examined in a sample of 30 patients fulfilling the DSM-III criteria for psychogenic pain disorder using an interviewer-rated scale (Beth Israel Hospital Psychosomatic Questionnaire), a self-rated scale (Toronto Alexithymia Scale) and a projective technique (Thematic Apperception Test). The findings were compared with a control group of healthy subjects matched on sociodemographic variables. Pain patients were found to be more alexithymic in contrast to the control group as evidenced by the interviewer-rated and self-rated scales. The correlations among the three measures were in the expected direction.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Affective Symptoms / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intelligence Tests
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / psychology*
  • Psychological Tests
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology*
  • Socioeconomic Factors