Alexithymia, craving and attachment in a heavy drinking population

Thorberg, Fred Arne, Young, Ross McD., Sullivan, Karen A., Lyvers, M., Connor, Jason P. and Feeney, Gerald F.X. (2011) Alexithymia, craving and attachment in a heavy drinking population. Addictive Behaviors, 36 4: 427-430. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2010.12.016

Author Thorberg, Fred Arne
Young, Ross McD.
Sullivan, Karen A.
Lyvers, M.
Connor, Jason P.
Feeney, Gerald F.X.
Title Alexithymia, craving and attachment in a heavy drinking population
Journal name Addictive Behaviors   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-4603
Publication date 2011-04-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2010.12.016
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 36
Issue 4
Start page 427
End page 430
Total pages 4
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Abstract Up to fifty per cent of individuals with Alcohol use disorders (AUD) also have alexithymia a personality construct hypothesized to be related to attachment difficulties. The relationship between alexithymia, craving, anxious attachment and alcohol-dependence severity was examined in 254 patients participating in a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) program for alcohol-dependence. Participants completed the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20), the Obsessive Compulsive Drinking Scale (OCDS), the Revised Adult Attachment Anxiety Subscale (RAAS-Anxiety) and the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT). MANOVA indicated that individuals with alexithymia reported significantly higher levels of total OCDS, obsessive thoughts about alcohol, and compulsive drinking urges and behavior, compared to the non-alexithymic group. Regression analyses found that anxious attachment partially mediated the relationship between alexithymia and craving. Anxious attachment may be a potential treatment target to reduce alcohol consumption in those with alcohol-dependence and alexithymia. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Keyword Alcohol-dependence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Official 2011 Collection
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