OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study is to assess alexithymia levels in obese patients using a multimethod measurement (TAS-20 and TSIA) to evaluate both possible differences between the two instruments and their relationship with body weight. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 54 obese patients, seeking surgical treatment, were enrolled. They completed a socio-demographic questionnaire, 20-items Toronto Alexithymia Scale and the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia. RESULTS: Data analysis showed a significant positive association between TAS-20 and TSIA total scores (r=.28, p<.05), but only the TSIA score was positively related to body weight (r=.39; p<.001). Multivariable linear regression models showed the predictive effects of TSIA total score (beta=.41; p<.001) and difficulty in identifying feelings (DIF) (beta=.56; p<.001) respectively on weight. CONCLUSIONS: The findings showed a different association between body weight and alexithymia according to the instrument employed to evaluate alexithymia, supporting the importance of a multimethod assessment in some clinical conditions.

Alexithymia and obesity: controversial findings from a multimethod assessment / DI MONTE, C.; Renzi, A.; Paone, E.; Silecchia, G.; Solano, L.; DI TRANI, M.. - In: EUROPEAN REVIEW FOR MEDICAL AND PHARMACOLOGICAL SCIENCES. - ISSN 2284-0729. - 24:2(2020), pp. 831-836. [10.26355/eurrev_202001_20066]

Alexithymia and obesity: controversial findings from a multimethod assessment

C. DI MONTE
;
A. RENZI;G. SILECCHIA;L. SOLANO;M. DI TRANI
2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study is to assess alexithymia levels in obese patients using a multimethod measurement (TAS-20 and TSIA) to evaluate both possible differences between the two instruments and their relationship with body weight. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 54 obese patients, seeking surgical treatment, were enrolled. They completed a socio-demographic questionnaire, 20-items Toronto Alexithymia Scale and the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia. RESULTS: Data analysis showed a significant positive association between TAS-20 and TSIA total scores (r=.28, p<.05), but only the TSIA score was positively related to body weight (r=.39; p<.001). Multivariable linear regression models showed the predictive effects of TSIA total score (beta=.41; p<.001) and difficulty in identifying feelings (DIF) (beta=.56; p<.001) respectively on weight. CONCLUSIONS: The findings showed a different association between body weight and alexithymia according to the instrument employed to evaluate alexithymia, supporting the importance of a multimethod assessment in some clinical conditions.
alexithymia; obesity; multimethod assessment; TSIA
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Alexithymia and obesity: controversial findings from a multimethod assessment / DI MONTE, C.; Renzi, A.; Paone, E.; Silecchia, G.; Solano, L.; DI TRANI, M.. - In: EUROPEAN REVIEW FOR MEDICAL AND PHARMACOLOGICAL SCIENCES. - ISSN 2284-0729. - 24:2(2020), pp. 831-836. [10.26355/eurrev_202001_20066]
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