Dr. med. Hans Steiner

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  • DEFENSE STYLE AND THE PERCEPTION OF ASTHMA PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE Steiner, H., Higgs, C. M., Fritz, G. K., Laszlo, G., Harvey, J. E. 1987; 49 (1): 35-44


    Approximately 15% of patients with bronchial asthma are unable to sense marked changes in airway obstruction. We have investigated the hypothesis that inability to sense changes in the severity of bronchial asthma varies with insensitivity to emotional arousal, which in turn is associated with repressive defense styles. Nine asthmatic patients were studied comparing actual changes in peak flow rate using a coded peak flow meter and in arousal during a stress-inducing psycholinguistic protocol with perceived changes. Our hypotheses were confirmed. Ability to perceive changes in asthma could be predicted from performance on the psycholinguistic stress test (Spearman's rho = +0.733, p less than 0.01). Repressors performed significantly worse on the asthma perception task (Spearman's rho = -0.650, p less than 0.05). The results suggest a role for defense pathology in the psychomaintenance of asthma.

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