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      Alexithymia, human relationships, and mobile phone use.

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          Alexithymia is a personality trait associated with difficulties in identifying feelings, difficulties in describing feelings to other people, constricted imaginal processes, and an externally oriented cognitive style. It has been found to be associated with personality features that may cause interpersonally avoidant behavior and other interpersonal problems. The present study explored, in a sample of primary care patients (N = 491), whether alexithymia is associated with mobile phone usage, and whether the perceived quality and quantity of human relationships mediate its effect. Even controlling for sociodemographic variables and symptoms of depression, mania and psychoses, alexithymia, measured by the 20-Item Toronto Alexithymia Scale, was associated with less frequent mobile phone use. Not having enough relationships or a close friend, and relationships being less satisfactory mediated the effect of alexithymia on less frequent mobile phone use. The results support the findings of earlier studies that have linked interpersonal problems with alexithymia.

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          Journal
          J. Nerv. Ment. Dis.
          The Journal of nervous and mental disease
          Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)
          1539-736X
          0022-3018
          Oct 2010
          : 198
          : 10
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Tampere School of Public Health, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland. aino.mattila@uta.fi
          Article
          00005053-201010000-00004
          10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181f4ab50
          20921862
          349fa477-f6c4-4b56-9f85-e4e0ae5c7bab
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