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Alexithymia and Circumcision Trauma: A Preliminary Investigation

Alexithymia and Circumcision Trauma: A Preliminary Investigation

JournalInternational Journal of Men's Health
PublisherMen's Studies Press
ISSN1532-6306 (Print)
1933-0278 (Online)
IssueVolume 10, Number 2 / July 2011
Online DateTuesday, September 20, 2011
Dan Bollinger1, Robert S. Van Howe2

1 Independent Men's Issues Researcher, 1970 North River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA
2Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine


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 alex-ithymia 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.

alexithymia, neonatal, trauma, circumcision, erectile dysfunction

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