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Table 3 Comparative analysis according to the score obtained in the Toronto Alexithymia Scale

From: Psycho-demographic profile in severe asthma and effect of emotional mood disorders and hyperventilation syndrome on quality of life

  TAS-20 ≥ 61 (n = 27) TAS-20 < 61 (n = 36) p
Age 61.89 (13.1) 58.6 (14.1) 0.037
Body Mass Index, kg/m2 27.0 (5.6) 28.2 (6.6) 0.518
Female sex 22 (81.5) 31 (86.1) 0.733
Civil status    0.024
 Single 1 (9.1) 10 (90.9)  
 Married 17 (47.2) 19 (52.8)  
 Separated/divorced 5 (83.3) 1 (16.7)  
 Widowed 4 (40) 6 (60)  
Children 1.1 (1.1) 1.5 (1.7) 0.303
Level of studies    0.591
 No studies 2 (100) 0 (0)  
 Primary 9 (40.9) 13 (59.1)  
 Secondary 9 (42.9) 12 (57.1)  
 University 9 (50) 9 (50)  
Employment situation    0.802
 Employed 7 (36.8) 12 (63.2)  
 Unemployed 10 (43.5) 13 (56.5)  
 Retired 8 (44.4) 10 (55.6)  
 Leave or incapacity to work 2 (66.7) 1 (33.3)  
Profession    0.673
 Contact with toxic products 10 (38.5) 16 (61.5)  
 Working with the general public 13 (43.3) 17 (56.7)  
 Other 4 (57.1) 3 (42.9)  
Family psychopathological history 10 (37.0) 16 (44.4) 0.612
Personal psychopathological history 16 (59.3) 25 (69.4) 0.434
Social and family support 15 (55.6) 19 (52.8) 1.000
Previous suicidal attempts 3 (11.1) 2 (5.6) 0.643
Mini-AQLQ total 4.4 (1.0) 4.35 (1.0) 0.441
Mini-AQLQ symptoms 3.4 (1.5) 3.9 (1.5) 0.275
Mini-AQLQ limitation of activities 3.5 (1.7) 3.9 (1.5) 0.607
Mini-AQLQ emotional function 3.6 (1.8) 4.1 (1.6) 0.254
Mini-AQLQ environmental stimuli 3.5 (1.6) 3.7 (1.8) 0.824
HADS 17.7 (7.9) 13.5 (9.2) 0.019
Dyspnea Nijmegen 28.7 (3.0) 25.6 (4.0) 0.178
ACT 13.6 (5.1) 15.9 (6.0) 0.906
  1. Data are expressed as the mean (standard deviation) or number (percentage)
  2. ACT asthma control test, HADS Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Mini-AQLQ Mini Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire, TAS-20 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale