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Med J Tabriz Uni Med Sciences Health Services. 2013;35: 38-45.
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Relationship of Alexithymia, Positive Affect and Negative Affect with Mental Disorders

Ali Zakiei*, Jahangir Karami

1 Department of Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Email: Zakieiali@yahoo.com

Abstract

Background and Objectives: According to dimensions of mental disorders and researches focusing on mental disorders in the general population, the relationship between alexithymia, positive affect and negative affect with mental disorders has been investigated in this paper. Materials and Methods: for this study, 300 students were randomly selected from Razi University. In order to gather the data, questionnaires of sq_90, alexithymia (FTAS-20) and scale of positive and negative effects (PANAS-X) were employed. For data analysis, statistical indices such as correlation and regression were used. Results: The results obtained from the data analysis showed that there is a significant and positive correlation between Alexithymia and negative affect with mental disorders. It was found that there is a significant and negative correlation between negative affect and mental disorders. Conclusions: The results indicated that Alexithymia and negative affect can predict mental disorders; however, positive affect is not able to predict the mental disorders. Conclusion: Based on the results of this study, the Alexithymia and negative affect have a negative role in mental health.
Keywords: alexithymia, positive affect, negative affect, mental disorders
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Submitted: 05 Feb 2013
Accepted: 11 Apr 2013
ePublished: 30 Oct 2013
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