The effectiveness of individual psychoanalysis on the severity of gastrointestinal symptoms and perfectionism in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Health Psychology , Kish International Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kish Island, Iran

2 Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Psychology, Karaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Iran


The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of individual psychoanalysis on the severity of gastrointestinal symptoms and perfectionism in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The present study was a pre-test, post-test and follow-up design with experimental group. The statistical population of the study included patients with irritable bowel syndrome who referred to medical centers in Tehran in 1398, from which 68 people were selected based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria available. Then, from the mentioned number, 20 people were assigned to two groups of individual psychoanalysis (n = 10) and control group (n = 10) using random method (lottery). Data were obtained using the multidimensional perfectionism scale and the severity index of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. For inferential analysis, repeated measures variance method and SPSS.22 software were used. The results showed that individual psychoanalysis significantly reduced perfectionism (P<0.001) and the severity of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms (P <0.001). It can be concluded that individual psychoanalysis group was effective on perfectionism and severity of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and individual psychoanalysis can be used to reduce the problems of patients with irritable bowel syndrome.


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