The Relationship between Alexithymic tendency and Behavior problems on Students with physical and mental disease

[Speaker] Kawauchi, Eriko:1
[Co-author] Nagai, Yuuya:2, Takeda, Kazunori:3
1:Graduate School of Comprihensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba (Japan), 2:Osaka University (Japan), 3:University of Tsukuba (Japan)

Alexithymia is personality trait as difficulties of emotional and imaginary activity. The present study examined characteristic of the alexithymic tendency of students with physical and mental disease and the maladaptive behavior. Participants were students and their homeroom teachers. Alexithymia affection was assessed using the Gotow Alexithymia Questionnaire (GALEX). Student's behavior problems was assessed using the Japanese version of Children Behavior Check Lists for teacher (TRF). As a result of the cluster analysis from two subscales of GALEX, decided three clusters. One-way ANOVA and post hoc Tukey's test showed that CLUSTER3 (the score of "difficulty of emotion" were higher than the score of difficulty of imaginary activity) had significantly higher (score of TRF's subscales ("Withdrawn/ Depressed", "Somatic Complaints", "Anxious/ Depressed", "Thought Problems") than the other clusters. This study suggests that assessment of the alexithymic tendency may give a new viewpoints for understanding a cause of student's behavior problems.
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