DIFFERENCES IN THE SIZE OF PERSONAL SPACE BETWEEN PERSONS WITH ANXIOUS AND PERSONS WITH PSYCHOTIC DISORDERSReport as inadecuate




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Psychiatria Danubina, Vol.25 No.2 June 2013. -

Background: Personal space is the area individuals maintain around themselves into which others cannot intrude without

arousing discomfort. The purpose of this study was to establish whether patients with anxiety disorder and patients with psychotic

disorder differ in personal space preferences according to experimenter sex.

Subjects and methods: 82 patients who met the ICD- criteria for psychotic and anxiety disorder participated in the study.

Personal space was assessed using stop-distance method in which all subjects were approached by female and male experimenter

from four directions.

Results: Personal space zone was significantly larger in the patients with anxiety disorder than in the patients with psychotic

disorder.

Conclusion: The results of this research can be seen as possible tendencies, rather than firm indications; it is necessary to make

a further research, on a larger sample, of different aspects of psychotic and anxiety patients’ personal spaces in a quest for the

significances in their behavior in space.

personal space - psychotic disorder - anxiety disorder - stop-distance method



Author: Vildana Aziraj - orcid.org-0000-0003-1044-2112 ; Department of Psychiatry, Cantonal Hospital -Irfan Ljubijankić-, Bihać, Bosnia

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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