Psychosomatic aspects of symptom patterns among major surgery patients

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship of medical psychological symptoms in a major surgery population. Fifty-four patients awaiting various major surgery procedures were administered the Cornell Medical Index and the Taylor Manifest Anxiety Scale to assess the role of psychological factors relative to physical symptomatology. Findings indicated a significant positive correlation between physical and psychiatric symptoms (r = 0·63, p0·01) as well as between anxiety and medical symptoms (r = 0·53; p 0·01) for the entire group. When the results were analyzed by sex, however, the following differences were noted: 1. 1. Women had a significantly greater number of symptoms (medical, psychiatric and anxiety) than men; 2. 2. women were better able to express their anxiety directly in terms of psychiatric symptoms; and 3. 3. men tended to express anxiety through increased somatic concern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-112
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1969
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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