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Research and Advances in Psychiatry

Love addiction: psychometric evaluation and comorbidity in a clinical sample

Original Article, 90 - 99
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Introduction: Nowadays, love addiction has become a current subject because of cultural and psycho - pathological reasons, and even though no sographic systems like DSM used to give insufficient con sideration to the issue, sentimental addiction is turning out to be one of the most common behavioural dependency in our country. The aim of the present study was to diagnose the possible presence or predisposition to develop a love addiction through new instruments tested on a clinical sample.
Methods: Two different psychological instruments (Relationship Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory and Love Attitudes Scale) were administered on a sample of 83 patients, divided in 4 subgroups according to different psychiatric conditions.
Results: Both tests resulted reliable, since they reported elevated signs of correlation between at different times, getting over the coefficient value of 80%. Young Bipolar women, with a medium-low school attendance level and without any sentimental relationship showed to have a tendency to develop obsessive doubts and concern in regard to their emotional relationship.
Discussion: The psychometric instruments employed in this study showed to be reliable, emphasizing an high percentage of dysfunctional emotional-relational aspects among the four psychiatric subgroups. Further studies are needed to understand the role of love addiction and its correlations to other psychopathological aspects.
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