Medical symptoms and life stresses in psychiatric emergency-room patients

Robert Plutchik, Inez Hyman, Hope Conte, Toksoz B. Karasu

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Tested the hypothesis that patients seen in a psychiatric emergency room would report a greater incidence of current life stresses and physical symptoms than would comparable control populations. A sample of 28 such patients did, in fact, score significantly higher on a problem checklist that assessed current problems in six areas such as job, religion, and family than did comparison groups of 22 medical screening patients and 28 dermatology patients. Psychiatric Ss also reported having a significantly greater number of minor skin, muscle, and autonomic symptoms and a greater problem with loss of control than did the comparison groups. (16 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-449
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1977
Externally publishedYes


  • medical symptoms & life stresses, psychiatric emergency room vs medical screening vs dermatology patients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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