Personality Profile of Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Journal: Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, vol. 14, No. 1, 2007 [Abstract published online ahead of article, which is not yet available] DOI: 10.1300/ Authors: Olivier Le Bon, Bernard Cappeliez, Daniel Neu, Luc Stulens, Guy Hoffmann, Michel Hansenne, Luc Lambrecht, Marc Ansseau, Paul Linkowski.

Personality may play a role in the predisposition, the precipitation and/or the maintenance of the CFS. Thirty-six consecutively examined female patients hospitalized for a sleep workup, filled out a Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) questionnaire. A MANOVA compared the patients with a control group of females matched for age.

Significant scores were obtained for dimensions such as Harm Avoidance, Reward Dependence, and Self-Directedness. However, the only sub-dimension of Harm Avoidance that proved significantly higher in CFS than in controls was “Fatigability,” which is likely to overlap with the core CFS symptom.

All in all, the personality structure does not appear to play a major role in CFS.

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