Referral for medically unexplained somatic complaints: The role of histrionic traits

Phillip R. Slavney, Mark L. Teitelbaum, Gary A. Chase

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Abstract

The judgment of physicians about histrionic traits in patients referred by them for psychiatric evaluation of medically unexplained somatic complaints was assessed. Such traits were attributed to many of the 100 patients studied, but, interestingly, the characterization of patients as histrionic did not entail the opinion that they were malingering, had factitious illnesses, or were misappropriating the benefits of the sick role. Histrionic traits as rated by referring physicians did not correlate with psychiatrists’ diagnoses of somatoform disorders, nor with the patient's sex, age, or race.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-105
Number of pages3
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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