Clinical Neuroscience

[Dysfunctional personality attitudes and depression amng adolescents suffering from migraine-type headache]

CSORBA János1, FARKAS Viktor2, MIHÁDÁK Katalin2

MARCH 20, 1996

Clinical Neuroscience - 1996;49(03-04)

[Authors compared a clinical sample of adolescent migraine patients (n=28) aequal in age mean sex ratio with a group of healthy control adolescents (n=68) to demonstrate some differential psychological characteristics of adolescents suffering from migraine. The Dysfunctional Attitude Scale (Burns) and Beck's Depression Inventory were used. The patient sample achieved an increased scores on Approval, Entitlement and Omnipotence scales as well as the group showed a greater total means of the DAS scale, but an unexpectedly lower level of Depressivity has been proved in the clinical sample. Both DAS variables and BDI characterize the two groups better, than clinical features, but besides sufficient sensitivity only moderate specificity was managed to achieve on classification by means of discriminant analysis. Migraneous adolescents do not suffer from depressivity, only gradual differences between the two samples have been found.]

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  1. SOTE Pszichiátriai és Pszichoterápiás Klinika
  2. SOTE I. Gyermekgyógyászati Klinika, Budapest

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