The Association of Sensory Responsiveness with Somatic Symptoms and Illness Anxiety

Rodic, Donja and Meyer, Andrea Hans and Lieb, Roselind and Meinlschmidt, Gunther. (2016) The Association of Sensory Responsiveness with Somatic Symptoms and Illness Anxiety. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23 (1). pp. 39-48.

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Background Somatoform Disorders or Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders are a major public health problem.The pathophysiology underlying these disorders is not yet understood. Purpose The aim of this study was to explore if sensory responsiveness could contribute to a better understanding of pathophysiological mechanisms underlying two key symptoms of Somatoform Disorders, namely somatic symptoms and illness anxiety. Methods We measured vibrotactile perception thresholds with the HVLab Perception Meter and examined their association with somatic symptoms, illness anxiety and trait anxiety. A sample of 205 volunteers participated in the study. Results Sensory responsiveness was neither associated with somatic symptoms (β=−0.01; 95 % confidence interval (CI), −0.37, 0.39) nor trait anxiety (β=−0.07; 95 % CI, −0.30, 0.07). However, lower vibrotactile perception thresholds were associated with increased scores of the overall illness anxiety scale (β=−0.65; 95 % CI, −1.21, −0.14) and its constituent subscale disease conviction (β=−2.07; 95%CI, −3.94, −0.43). Conclusions Our results suggest that increased sensory responsiveness is associated with illness anxiety and hence should be examined further as potential target within the etiopathology of somatoform disorders.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
UniBasel Contributors:Meyer, Andrea Hans and Meinlschmidt, Gunther and Lieb, Roselind and Rodic, Donja
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:13 Mar 2019 09:00
Deposited On:16 Jun 2016 15:40

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