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Table 2 Relationship between the presence of Latent Trigger Points and the mean scores of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20 and the Beck Depression Inventory

From: Relationship between Alexithymia and latent trigger points in the upper Trapezius

  Means(SD) p-value Unilateral LTrP Bilateral LTrP
  None LTrP (n = 84) LTrP (n = 76) DS (n = 14) None DS (n = 3) (n = 59)
Total TAS-20 44.2 (11.2) 56.5 (10.9) < 0.001 50.9 (7.7) 52.0 (5.3) 58.1 (9.8)
TAS-20 DIF 14.3 (4.3) 19.2 (4.4) < 0.001 17.1 (4.0) 17.3 (2.0) 19.7 (4.5)
TAS-20 DDF 13.2 (4.3) 17.0 (4.4) < 0.001 14.4 (4.6) 15.3 (3.2) 17.7 (4.3)
TAS-20 EOT 16.8 (5.4) 20.5 (4.5) < 0.001 20.1 (3.3) 19.3 (2.5) 21.0 (4.6)
BDI 8.5 (6.3) 9.4 (7.4) 0.451 7.9 (8.3) 12.3 (13.7) 9.6 (6.9)
  1. SD standard deviation, DS dominant side, TAS Toronto Alexithymia Scale, DIF Difficulty Identifying Feelings, DDF Difficulty Describing Feelings, EOT Externally Oriented Thinking, BDI Beck Depression Inventory, LTrPs latent trigger points