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The stability of alexithymia during work in a high-stress environment: A prospective study of Swedish peacekeepers serving in Kosovo
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience.
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 51, no 4, p. 350-355Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We applied a prospective design to reinvestigate the issue whether the sub-domains of alexithymia could be considered stable traits or distress-related states. Assessments of alexithymia and subjective distress were conducted before deployment to Kosovo in a sample of male peacekeepers. A second assessment was conducted approximately six months later during the final phase of service. The results showed evidence of moderate to high relative stability in all alexithymic sub-domains. It was also found that a relative change in subjective distress predicted a relative change in difficulty identifying feelings and difficulty describing feelings but not in externally oriented thinking. We suggest therefore that the alexithymic sub-domains could be considered relatively stable traits but that the level of difficulty identifying and describing feeling varies with the level of subjective distress.

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2010. Vol. 51, no 4, p. 350-355
Keywords [en]
Alexithymia, difficulty identifying feelings, difficulty describing feelings, externally oriented thinking, subjective distress, prospective, peacekeepers
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-135967DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2010.00807.xISI: 000279841300010PubMedID: 20210912OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-135967DiVA, id: diva2:375924
Available from: 2010-12-09 Created: 2010-12-09 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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