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Prevalence and associated factors of alexithymia among adult prisoners in China: a cross-sectional study

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Title
Prevalence and associated factors of alexithymia among adult prisoners in China: a cross-sectional study
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BMC Psychiatry, August 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12888-017-1443-7
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Li Chen, Linna Xu, Weimin You, Xiaoyan Zhang, Nanpeng Ling

Abstract

Prison is an extremely stressful environment and prisoners have an increasing risk of suffering from alexithymia. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the prevalence and associated factors of alexithymia among prisoners in China. A cross-sectional study was conducted in five main jails of the district of Zhejiang province in China, and a total of 1705 adult prisoners ultimately took part in the study. Toronto Alexithymia Scale, Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, Beck Hopelessness Scale and several short demographic questions were applied. Over 30% of prisoners were classified as alexithymics and as high as 96.2% of prisoners suffered from at least one traumatic experience in their childhood, meanwhile, 81.5%, 53.4% and 85.8% were found to be positive for depression, anxiety and hopelessness symptoms respectively. Education, childhood trauma, negative emotional symptoms including depression, anxiety and hopelessness of the respondents, were negatively or positively associated with alexithymia among prisoners. The results indicated that high prevalence of alexithymia among prisoners is linked with their level of education, experience of childhood trauma and symptoms of negative emotions. Accordingly, the findings in our study can be used for prevention and intervention of alexithymia among prisoners.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 62 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 12 19%
Student > Bachelor 8 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 10%
Student > Postgraduate 4 6%
Other 9 15%
Unknown 17 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 20 32%
Medicine and Dentistry 9 15%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 5%
Social Sciences 2 3%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 1 2%
Other 5 8%
Unknown 22 35%

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