Title: Use of the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) for assessment of personality in chronic fatigue syndrome
Authors: Van Campen, Elise ×
Van Den Eede, Filip
Moorkens, Greta
Schotte, Chris
Schacht, Rik
Sabbe, Bernard G C
Cosyns, Paul
Claes, Stephan #
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Series Title: Psychosomatics vol:50 issue:2 pages:147-154
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized by severe and prolonged fatigue, along with a set of nonspecific symptoms and signs, such as sore throat, muscle pain, headaches, and difficulties with concentration or memory. OBJECTIVE: The study examined whether CFS is associated with specific dimensions of Cloninger's psychobiological model of personality. METHOD: Personality profiles were compared between 38 CFS patients and 42 control subjects by means of the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI). RESULTS: The CFS group showed significantly higher scores on Harm-Avoidance and Persistence. CONCLUSION: The current study shows a significant association between specific personality characteristics and CFS. These personality traits may be implicated in the onset and/or perpetuation of CFS and may be a productive focus for psychotherapy.
ISSN: 0033-3182
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Psychiatry (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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