Interpersonal Values and Interpersonal Problems in the Patients with Conversion Disorder

Author: Zoha Tashfeen

Supervisor: Ms. Omama Tariq

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The current study aimed to investigate the interpersonal problems and interpersonal values in the patients with conversion disorder, interpersonal expectations and interpersonal values associated with conversion psychopathology, patients diagnosed with conversion disorder will experience more expectations and interpersonal problems as compared to patients diagnosed with general medical conditions. Between group research design and probability sampling technique was used. Fifty patients with diagnosed with conversion disorder and fifty (50) patients diagnosed with minor general medical conditions like flue, fever and other conditions were recruited from different government hospitals of Lahore. Urdu version of Inventory of Interpersonal Problems (IIP-32 Horowitz, Alden, Wiggins, & Pincus, 2000) and Circumplexy Scales for Interpersonal Values (CSIVs Lock, 2000) were used for assessment. The results revealed that the patients with conversion disorder experienced more interpersonal values as compared to the medical group. Conversion patients were more agentic, separate, submissive, submissive and separate, communal and agentic and communal as compared to patients of the general medical conditions. It is in indicated that the patients with conversion disorder were more non assertive, overly accommodation, self-sacrificing and domineering as compared to patients having general medication. The results showed that overly accommodation and self-sacrificing had the strong relation with interpersonal value of uncommunal. Interpersonal values such as unagentic and communal had strong relations with most of subscale of interpersonal problems. It was also seen that agentic and communal had the strong relation with all subscales of interpersonal problems. Implications of the findings for the patients, health professionals and policy makers are discussed in the context of Pakistani culture.

Keywords: Interpersonal Values, Interpersonal Problems, Psychopathology, Conversion disorder.

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