Hypochondrial fears and beliefs, anxiety, and somatisation

  • Kellner R
  • Hernandez J
  • Pathak D
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Administered 4 self-rating scales of hypochondriasis and the SCL-90 to 100 general practice (GP) patients (aged 18-65 yrs) and 100 matched nonpsychotic psychiatric outpatients. In a stepwise linear regression, self-rated somatic symptoms and anxiety predicted hypochondriacal fears and beliefs; self-rated depression did not appear as a predictor. There were differences between males and females and between psychiatric Ss and GP Ss in the associations of these constructs. Various scales of hypochondriasis appear to measure different features of the hypochondriasis syndrome. Disease phobia was associated with anxiety, whereas disease conviction was associated more with somatic symptoms. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • R. Kellner

  • J. Hernandez

  • D. Pathak

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