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In Iranian female and male adolescents, romantic love is related to hypomania and low depressive symptoms, but also to higher state anxiety
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
 
ID 3135030
Author(s) Bajoghli, Hafez; Joshaghani, Narges; Gerber, Markus; Mohammadi, Mohammad-Reza; Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith; Brand, Serge
Author(s) at UniBasel Gerber, Markus
Year 2013
Title In Iranian female and male adolescents, romantic love is related to hypomania and low depressive symptoms, but also to higher state anxiety
Journal International journal of psychiatry in clinical practice
Volume 17
Number 2
Pages / Article-Number 98-109
Keywords Romantic love, hypomania, anxiety, adolescents
Abstract Background. Experiencing romantic love is important in individual development. Little is known about romantic love among adolescents in non-Western countries. The aim of the present study was to explore romantic love among Iranian male and female adolescents. Method. A total of 201 adolescents (mean age: 17.73 years) took part in the study; of these, 81 indicated they were experiencing romantic love at the time of survey, and 120 indicated they were not in love. Participants answered questionnaires related to affective states (hypomania, depressive symptoms, state and trait anxiety) and exercise, and completed a sleep log for seven consecutive nights. Results. Compared to controls, participants in love displayed favourable hypomania scores, fewer depressive symptoms and increased concentration during the day. However, participants in love also had higher state anxiety scores. Moreover, hypomanic-like stages increased with duration of relationship in female, but not in male participants. Conclusions. The pattern of results suggests a favourable association between being currently in love and emotional and cognitive processes. Sleep, however, seemed unrelated to this specific state.
Publisher Dunitz
ISSN/ISBN 1365-1501
edoc-URL http://edoc.unibas.ch/dok/A6390940
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.3109/13651501.2012.697564
ISI-Number WOS:000319133500004
Document type (ISI) Article
 
   

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