The Somatization Predictions Derived From Personal Characteristics


1 Department of Psychology, Payam-e-Nour University, Tehran, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran


AbstractIntroduction: Somatization is amongst the disorders which medical experts cannot justify. The current study was an attempt to clarify the role of personal traits in somatization disorder. Regarding the method, it is worth mentioning that the present study is a description of correlation.Methods: A total of 350 subjects were chosen through stratified random sampling and participated in the study. Hence, NEO Personality Inventory-Revised (NEOPI-R) and the somatization PHQ-15 questionnaire were implemented for gathering data. The gathered data were analyzed by regression analysis.Results: The results indicated that there is a negative relationship between somatization and the personality factors which included extraversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness. It is safe to claim that there is a significant relationship between neuroticism and somatization, while there is no relationship between neuroticism and somatization, or between openness to experience and somatization. Conclusion: Based on the findings of the current study, it can be concluded that people with certain personality characteristics are more likely to be affected by somatization disorders.