Year 2019, Volume 9, Issue 2, Pages 128 - 134 2019-06-30

An examination of the relationship between alexithymia and somatic complaints of mothers and obsessive-compulsive features of children

Hüseyin Ünübol [1] , Meryem Büşra Yılmazer Kaya [2]

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The study aims to determine the relationship of alexithymic features and somatization levels in their mothers to obsessive-compulsive features in children.


The sample of our research is composed of 173 mothers and 173 children who are in high school in Osmaniye province. 


Sociodemographic data form developed by the researcher, Symptom Check List (SCL-90-R) (Somatisation subscale), Maudsley Obsessive Compulsive Questionaire (MOCQ), and 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) is used as a data collection tool. 


It was found that there was a strong positive correlation between MOCQ total scores of children with SCL-90's (r = 0,776) Somatization subscale scores and Alexithymia Total scores (r = 0,613) of mothers. Also, all Subscales of MOCQ scores are correlated with TAS-20 subscales and SCL-90 (Somatization subscale) except rumination subscale of MOCQ scales. 


Mothers who come from ignorant feelings and have somatic complaints affect the relationship with their children significantly. As a result of this relationship, obsessive thoughts increase in children.

Alexithymia, somatic complains, obsessions, mothers
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Primary Language en
Subjects Health Care Sciences and Services
Journal Section Original Research

Orcid: 0000-0003-4404-6062
Author: Hüseyin Ünübol (Primary Author)
Country: Turkey

Orcid: 0000-0001-5712-3309
Author: Meryem Büşra Yılmazer Kaya
Country: Turkey


Publication Date: June 30, 2019

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