Aim: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine-metabolic disorder. It affects women’s physical well-being and leads to great psychological distress. Indeed, women with PCOS show a compromised quality of life as well as impaired emotional well-being. The aim of this study is to assess personality characteristics, body image and alexithymia in women with PCOS. Materials and methods: A total of 59 women with PCOS and 38 healthy controls were administered the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS), the Body Uneasiness Test (BUT) and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2). Results: The PCOS group showed higher values of alexithymia and a higher body uneasiness. They also showed higher values on many clinical, content and supplementary scales of the MMPI-2. Discussion: It seems that physical appearance and bodily function have a central place in the minds of women with PCOS, as well as in their relationships. However, it is a body they find it hard to feel and with which they mostly feel uncomfortable. Their approach to the outside world seems to be characterized by a certain degree of immaturity, anger, hostility and distrust. Low self-esteem also seems to be connected to a certain tendency toward introversion and withdrawal. This leads to problems in social, professional and intimate relationships.

Scaruffi, E., Franzoi, I.G., Civilotti, C., Guglielmucci, F., La Marca, L., Tomelini, M., et al. (2019). Body image, personality profiles and alexithymia in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, 40(4), 294-303 [10.1080/0167482X.2018.1530210].

Body image, personality profiles and alexithymia in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Guglielmucci F.;
2019-01-01

Abstract

Aim: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine-metabolic disorder. It affects women’s physical well-being and leads to great psychological distress. Indeed, women with PCOS show a compromised quality of life as well as impaired emotional well-being. The aim of this study is to assess personality characteristics, body image and alexithymia in women with PCOS. Materials and methods: A total of 59 women with PCOS and 38 healthy controls were administered the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS), the Body Uneasiness Test (BUT) and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2). Results: The PCOS group showed higher values of alexithymia and a higher body uneasiness. They also showed higher values on many clinical, content and supplementary scales of the MMPI-2. Discussion: It seems that physical appearance and bodily function have a central place in the minds of women with PCOS, as well as in their relationships. However, it is a body they find it hard to feel and with which they mostly feel uncomfortable. Their approach to the outside world seems to be characterized by a certain degree of immaturity, anger, hostility and distrust. Low self-esteem also seems to be connected to a certain tendency toward introversion and withdrawal. This leads to problems in social, professional and intimate relationships.
2019
Scaruffi, E., Franzoi, I.G., Civilotti, C., Guglielmucci, F., La Marca, L., Tomelini, M., et al. (2019). Body image, personality profiles and alexithymia in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, 40(4), 294-303 [10.1080/0167482X.2018.1530210].
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