Alexithymia in relation to alcohol expectancies in alcohol-dependent outpatients

Thorberg, Fred Arne, Young, Ross McD., Lyvers, Michael, Sullivan, Karen A., Hasking, Penelope, London, Edythe D., Tyssen, Reidar, Connor, Jason P., & Feeney, Gerald F.X. (2016) Alexithymia in relation to alcohol expectancies in alcohol-dependent outpatients. Psychiatry Research, 236, pp. 186-188.

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Alexithymia and alcohol outcome expectancies were investigated in 355 alcohol-dependent treatment seekers. Patients with alexithymia gave stronger self-report ratings of expectancies of affective change related to beliefs that alcohol leads to negative mood states and assertion, that alcohol enhances social skills, compared to those without alexithymia. The findings suggest that alcohol-dependent outpatients with alexithymia may drink to experience intensified negative emotions and improved social functioning.

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ID Code: 97696
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Alcohol dependence; Alexithymia; Alcohol expectancies
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.01.016
ISSN: 0165-1781
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2016 00:33
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2016 22:04

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