Beyond the Unexplainable Pain: Relational World of Patients With Somatization Syndromes

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 05/16/2012

The results showed that the unmet need for closeness with others was the main internal representation of relationships in 90% of the patients and in only 10% of controls; it was also the strongest predictor of somatization syndrome diagnosis. This suggests that somatization syndromes are strongly associated with the interpersonal representation of the unmet need for closeness with others, which has direct implications for their treatment and future research on their etiology.

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