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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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MORAL JIMENEZ, María de la Villa  and  SIRVENT RUIZ, Carlos. Affective dependence and gender: symptomatic profile in Spanish affective dependents. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.2, pp. 230-240. ISSN 0034-9690.

It offers a clinical and psychosocial analysis of the Affective Dependence, described as a type of sentimental dependence characterized by the manifestation of addictive behaviors of pathological attachment in the interpersonal relation. We have evaluated the symptomatic differential factors of 78 cases diagnosed of affective dependence by means of the Test of Sentimental Dependences (TDS-100) with regard to the general population (N=311). In agreement to the found differential profile in affective dependents we verify that they show a pure Dependence with possessively and craving and abstinence, they develop experience affective disruptions with negative feelings (blame, emotional vacuum, fear of abandonment), and emotional inscape sentiment, identity conflicts (pseudo symbiosis) and an extern control locus. In clinical population has found that the males are more seekers of sensations and they prove a stiff Self and the women use more mechanisms of denial and not confrontation, with void or distorted conscience of problem.

Keywords : Love; Gender; Sentimental dependences; Affective dependence; Social addictions.

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