Alexithymia and Circumcision Trauma: A Preliminary Investigation

DAN BOLLINGER, ROBERT S. VAN HOWE

Abstract


This preliminary study investigates what role early trauma might have in alexithymia
acquisition for adults by controlling for male circumcision. Three hundred
self-selected men were administered the Toronto Twenty-Item Alexithymia
Scale checklist and a personal history questionnaire. The circumcised men had
age-adjusted alexithymia scores 19.9 percent higher than the intact men; were
1.57 times more likely to have high alexithymia scores; were 2.30 times less likely
to have low alexithymia scores; had higher prevalence of two of the three alexithymia
factors (difficulty identifying feelings and difficulty describing feelings);
and were 4.53 times more likely to use an erectile dysfunction drug. Alexithymia
in this population of adult men is statistically significant for having experienced
circumcision trauma and for erectile dysfunction drug use.

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