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Personality in torticollis: a controlled study.
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    Journal article
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    Journal Article
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    Jahanshahi M, Marsden CD
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    375, 387
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    Psychol Med
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    Cervical Vertebrae, Female, Humans, Life Change Events, Male, Middle Aged, Personality Tests, Psychometrics, Psychophysiologic Disorders, Sick Role, Spinal Osteophytosis, Torticollis
The Eysenck Personality Questionnaire, the trait scales of the Leyton Obsessional Inventory, the Spielberger State Trait Anxiety Inventory, and a questionnaire assessing marital status and harmony were completed by 100 torticollis patients and a control group of 49 cervical spondylosis sufferers. Information regarding employment status, and events preceding onset of their complaint was also obtained. The two groups did not differ in terms of any of the personality dimensions evaluated, or in their self-reports of events prior to onset of their illness. The groups differed significantly with regards to marital status (a higher proportion of the torticollis patients were single) but not marital harmony. A significantly higher proportion of the torticollis patients were in the permanently sick category of employment status. Findings of previous studies evaluating personality in torticollis and in sufferers of other disabling physical conditions are considered, and the results are discussed in terms of the effects of disabling chronic physical disorders.
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