Cognitive and affective dimensions of difficulties in emotional functioning in somatoform disorders and borderline personality disorder
van Dijke, Annemiek, van der Hart, Onno, van Son, Maarten, Bühring, Martina, van der Heijden, Peter and Ford, Julian D. (2012) Cognitive and affective dimensions of difficulties in emotional functioning in somatoform disorders and borderline personality disorder. Psychopathology, 46, (3), 153-162. (doi:10.1159/000338832). (PMID:23006331).
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Background: To study difficulties in emotional functioning in two mental disorders that have been associated with difficulties in identifying and modulating emotions: borderline personality disorder (BPD) and somatoform disorder (SoD).
Sampling and Methods: In 472 psychiatric inpatients, difficulties in emotional functioning were measured using the Bermond-Vorst Alexithymia Questionnaire.
Results: Profiles of difficulties in emotional functioning were identified, suggesting that patients diagnosed with BPD with or without SoD were more likely to report difficulty identifying emotions and less likely to report reduced ability to fantasize or ‘pensée opératoire’ (externally oriented thinking) than patients diagnosed with SoD only and patients with mixed anxiety and affective disorders. SoD patients were more likely to report reduced ability to phantasize or pensée opératoire than difficulty identifying emotions. Patients with mixed anxiety and affective disorders were more likely to report reduced ability to experience emotions than patients diagnosed with BPD and/or SoD.
Conclusions: By using a finer-grained perspective on difficulties in emotional functioning some evidence was found for the existence of cognitive-emotional profiles that may provide more clinically relevant information than alexithymia as just a unitary construct. Further research on cognitive-emotional profiles of difficulties in emotional functioning is needed to advance the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||doi:10.1159/000338832|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
|Date Deposited:||24 Oct 2012 15:29|
|Last Modified:||07 Oct 2014 10:21|
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