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Alexithymic characteristics in pediatric patients with primary headache: a comparison between migraine and tension-type headache

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Title
Alexithymic characteristics in pediatric patients with primary headache: a comparison between migraine and tension-type headache
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Journal of Headache & Pain, November 2015
DOI 10.1186/s10194-015-0572-y
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M. Gatta, C. Spitaleri, U. Balottin, A. Spoto, L. Balottin, S. Mangano, P.A. Battistella

Abstract

Alexithymia is a personality construct characterized by difficulties in verbal emotional expression and a limited ability to use one's imagination. Evidence of alexithymic characteristics was found in adults suffering from headache, while little is known about children. The aim of this study was to establish the prevalence of alexithymia in two different subgroups of children and adolescents suffering from primary headache. We also looked for correlation between alexithymia in children and in their mothers. This study involved 89 participants: 47 (11 males, 36 females, aged 8 to 17 years) suffering from tension-type headache (TTH), and 42 (18 males, 24 females, aged 8 to 17 years) suffering from migraine (M), based on the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD 2013). A control group of 32 headache-free subjects (26 females and 6 males, aged 8 to17 years) was also considered. Two questionnaires were administered to measure alexithymia: the Alexithymia Questionnaire for Children to young patients and controls, and the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) to the mothers. Higher rates of alexithymia emerged in the TTH group compared to the M group. In particular, TTH sufferers had difficulty identifying their feelings. The mothers of children with headaches didn't score higher in alexithymia compared to other mothers. In the M and in the control group, there was a significant correlation between the rates of alexithymia in young people and in their mothers. To date no other study has investigated alexithymia in subgroups of primary headaches in developmental age. Our results suggest that patients suffering from TTH are more alexithymic than M patients. This pave the way to etiopathogenetic and clinical considerations, calling for a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to tackle the problem of headache.

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Unknown 40 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 8 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 18%
Researcher 5 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 10%
Student > Postgraduate 3 8%
Other 9 23%
Unknown 4 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 13 33%
Psychology 9 23%
Neuroscience 3 8%
Social Sciences 2 5%
Computer Science 1 3%
Other 4 10%
Unknown 8 20%

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