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Volume 50 Issue 3 (September 1977), Pages 209-304

Self‐esteem and psychiatric syndromes (pages 237-242)

The purposes of the study were (1) to dichotomize each of the personal illness classes into those expected and those not expected to retain a relatively high degree of anxiety‐depression; (2) to seek confirmation of this division by means of the combined DSSI sets of Anxiety and Depression; (3) to examine their respective scores on the Personality Deviance Scales; and (4) to examine the relationship between Anxiety‐Depression and intropunitiveness.

It was found that within each of the four classes the predicted ‘affective’ group scored significantly higher on DSSI Anxiety‐Depression than did the ‘non‐affective’ group. On intropunitiveness, the ‘affective’ group scored significantly higher within three classes and almost so in the fourth.

Although anxiety‐depression and intropunitiveness both discriminate between the ‘affective’ and ‘non‐affective’ groups their conceptual distinction is empirically based.

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