The relationship between alexithymia and attachment to mother in young adolescents

pooragha, fateme (2011) The relationship between alexithymia and attachment to mother in young adolescents. Journal of Fundamentals of Mental Health, 13 (49). pp. 58-65.

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Abstract

The level of awareness to different emotions and ability of a person to speak about himself/herself, are related to parentâ��s response to their children. This study aims to analyze the correlation between alexithymia and attachment to mother in adolescents.  Materials and Methods: In this correlational descriptive study which was done in 2008-2009, 120 students (60 girls, 60 boys), aged 13-15, were selected through multi-stage randomized sampling in Rasht (North of Iran). Questionnaires used in this study were Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and Inventory of Parents and Peers Attachment. SPSS software was used to analyze data through Pearson correlation and stepwise regression analysis tests.  Results: The components of trust has negative significant correlation with Difficulty Identifying Feeling (DIF) (P=0.012) and positive significant correlation with components of Difficulty Describing Feelings (DDF) (P=0.01), Externally-Oriented Thinking (EOT) (P<0.001) and the total score of alexithymia (P=0.001). The component of relationship with mother has significant negative correlation with DIF (P=0.01) and positive significant correlation with DDF (P=0.04), EOT (P<0.001) and the total score of alexithymia (P=0.009). The total score of attachment has negative significant correlation with DIF (P=0.006) and positive significant correlation with components EOT (P<0.001) and the total score of alexithymia (P=0.007). Regression analysis showed that relationship with mother, and maternal alienation components can predict alexithymia.  Conclusion: Providing a safe relationship and meeting children's needs in the first year of his life, has a desirable effect on childâ��s physical and psychological health and his social skills in the next years of his life. Â

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WM Psychiatry
Divisions: Journals > Journal of Fundamentals of Mental Health
Depositing User: jfmh jfmh
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 16:36
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 16:36
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/5593

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