Comprehensive psychiatry (Compr Psychiatr)

Publisher: American Psychopathological Association, WB Saunders

Journal description

The journal provides a forum for clinicians and investigators of markedly divergent concepts, methods and orientations. Clear, concise reports cover developments in clinical and basic investigations as well as new diagnostic and therapeutic practices. Comprehensive Psychiatry is of interest to psychiatrists, psychotherapists and clinical psychologists.

Current impact factor: 2.25

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 2.252
2013 Impact Factor 2.256
2012 Impact Factor 2.376
2011 Impact Factor 2.257
2010 Impact Factor 2.377
2009 Impact Factor 2.082
2008 Impact Factor 2.054
2007 Impact Factor 1.857
2006 Impact Factor 2.181
2005 Impact Factor 1.748
2004 Impact Factor 1.667
2003 Impact Factor 1.606
2002 Impact Factor 1.562
2001 Impact Factor 1.28
2000 Impact Factor 1.4
1999 Impact Factor 1.688
1998 Impact Factor 1.234
1997 Impact Factor 1.246
1996 Impact Factor 1.52
1995 Impact Factor 1.622
1994 Impact Factor 1.273
1993 Impact Factor 1.071
1992 Impact Factor 1.445

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.67
Cited half-life 8.20
Immediacy index 0.43
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.79
Website Comprehensive Psychiatry website
Other titles Comprehensive psychiatry (Online), Comprehensive psychiatry
ISSN 1532-8384
OCLC 45492803
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

WB Saunders

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: High levels of anhedonia have been found in patients with schizophrenia; specifically they report higher levels of social anhedonia rather than physical anhedonia, and further, in the anticipatory rather than consummatory facets of pleasure. Nonetheless, contrasting results emerged regarding the underlying mechanisms of this deficit. Basic Symptoms (BS) disturb subjective experiences present for most of the illness' course; this impacts patients' daily lives leading to a loss of the ability to organize the experience of the self and the world in a fluid and automatic way. Considering the role played by negative emotions in the subjective evaluation of anhedonia, the aim of the study is to clarify the role of BS in the assessment of anhedonia in a sample of patients with schizophrenia (n=53) compared with healthy controls (n=46). METHODS: Participants completed a self-administered trait questionnaire evaluating social anhedonia (Revised-Social Anhedonia Scale), physical anhedonia (Physical Anhedonia Scale), and the consummatory and anticipatory pleasure experiences (Temporal Experience of Pleasure Scale). BS were evaluated with the Frankfurter Beschwerde-Frageboden (FBF) whereas psychopathology was assessed with the Positive and Negative Syndromes Scale. RESULTS: Patients scored higher than healthy controls in social, physical and anticipatory anhedonia, but not in consummatory anhedonia and these relationships were mediated by the FBF. Basic Symptoms of Memory, Overstimulation and Lack of Automatism were related to some facets of anhedonia, independently from depressive symptoms. CONCLUSIONS: We hypothesize that a subjective cognitive deficit and a reduced ability in information processing, could prevent patients from retaining a positive experience from past pleasant activities. Therefore the lack of pleasure would be, at least in part, related to an avoidance of potentially stressful new scenarios.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 10/2015; 62:152-160. DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.07.011
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    ABSTRACT: Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by a range of interpersonal difficulties, which are, in part, related to adverse experiences during childhood. Unresponsive parenting and traumatization may cause functional impairment of mentalization, i.e. the ability to reflect upon own and others' mental states. However, the relationship of poor parenting, trauma and mentalization in BPD has not exhaustively been studied. Thirty patients diagnosed with BPD and 30 matched control subjects were asked to sequence a novel cartoon-based mentalization task involving complex emotions such as jealousy, shame, guilt etc. In addition, they were required to reason about cognitive and affective mental states of the cartoon characters. The quality of parental care was assessed using a self-report measure for recalled parental rearing style, and childhood trauma was measured in retrospect using the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire. Patients with BPD performed more poorly in all aspects of the cartoon task. Mentalizing skills, particularly relating to affective mental states, were uniquely associated with the quality of recalled parental care and childhood trauma. Together, the quality of parental care and the experience of childhood trauma negatively impact on mentalization in BPD, even in an experimental "offline" task.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 09/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.08.003
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: The stress sensitization model states that early traumatic experiences increase vulnerability to the adverse effects of subsequent stressful life events. This study examined the effect of stress sensitization on development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in Chinese adolescents who experienced the pipeline explosion. Methods: A total of 670 participants completed self-administered questionnaires on demographic characteristics and degree of explosion exposure, the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ), and the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist-Civilian Version (PCL-C). Associations among the variables were explored using MANOVA, and main effects and interactions were analyzed. Results: Overall MANOVA tests with the PCL-C indicated significant differences for gender (F=6.86, p=.000), emotional abuse (F=6.79, p=.000), and explosion exposure (F=22.40, p=.000). There were significant interactions between emotional abuse and explosion exposure (F=3.98, p=.008) and gender and explosion exposure (F=2.93, p=.033). Conclusions: Being female, childhood emotional abuse, and a high explosion exposure were associated with high PTSD symptom levels. Childhood emotional abuse moderated the effect of explosion exposure on PTSD symptoms. Thus, stress sensitization influenced the development of PTSD symptoms in Chinese adolescents who experienced the pipeline explosion as predicted by the model.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 09/2015; 62:178-86. DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.07.017
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a severely disabling condition, associated with substantially increased risk of deliberate self-harm and, particularly in men, also with interpersonal violence and other criminal behavior. Although BPD might be common among prison inmates, little is known about prevalence and psychiatric comorbidity in probationers and parolees. Method: In 2013, a consecutive sample of 109 newly admitted adult male offenders on probation or parole in all three probation offices of Stockholm, Sweden, completed self-report screening questionnaires for BPD and other psychiatric morbidity. Participants scoring over BPD cut-off participated in a psychiatric diagnostic interview. Results: We ascertained a final DSM-5 BPD prevalence rate of 19.8% (95% CI: 12.3-27.3%). The most common current comorbid disorders among subjects with BPD were antisocial personality disorder (91%), major depressive disorder (82%), substance dependence (73%), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (70%), and alcohol dependence (64%). Individuals diagnosed with BPD had significantly more current psychiatric comorbidity (M=6.2 disorders) than interviewed participants not fulfilling BPD criteria (M=3.6). Participants with BPD also reported substantially more symptoms of ADHD, anxiety and depression compared to all subjects without BPD. Conclusions: BPD affected one fifth of probationers and was related to serious mental ill-health known to affect recidivism risk. The findings suggest further study of possible benefits of improved identification and treatment of BPD in offender populations.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 09/2015; 62:63-70. DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.06.014
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Alexithymia has been considered both to predispose to depression and to worsen cardiac prognosis after an acute coronary syndrome. Nonetheless, no studies have evaluated its role as a risk factor for incident depression, in patients with acute coronary syndrome. Methods: In 251 consecutive patients, the presence of a first-ever depressive episode was evaluated with the Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders at baseline and 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 and 24months after their first acute coronary syndrome. At baseline, patients completed the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Results: Out of 251 subjects (80.9% males), a first-ever depressive episode was diagnosed in 66 patients. Depressed and never-depressed patients differed in female gender, living status, alexithymic scores at TAS-20 and depressive symptoms. Nonetheless, nor the TAS-20 factors nor its total score were predictive of developing a depressive episode in a Cox regression. Moreover, baseline differences in TAS-20 scores between the two groups, disappeared after controlling for anhedonic symptoms. Conclusion: Our results do not support the hypothesis that alexithymia at TAS-20 is a risk factor for incident depression after acute coronary syndrome.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 09/2015; 62:86-92. DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.06.013
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Recent studies suggest that chewing and spitting out food may be associated with severe eating-related pathology. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between chewing and spitting, and other symptoms of eating disorders. We hypothesized that patients who chew and spit as a compensatory behavior have more severe eating-related pathology than patients who have never engaged in chewing and spitting behavior. Method: We divided 359 patients with eating disorders into two groups according to whether they engaged in chewing and spitting as a compensatory behavior to lose weight or not. After comparing eating-related pathology between the two groups, we examined factors associated with pathologic eating behaviors using logistic regression analysis. Results: Among our 359 participants, 24.5% reported having engaged in chewing and spitting as a compensatory behavior. The chewing and spitting (CHSP+) group showed more severe eating disorder symptoms and suicidal behaviors. This group also had significantly higher scores on subscales that measured drive for thinness, bulimia, and impulse regulation on the EDI-2, Food Craving Questionnaire, Body Shape Questionnaire, Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, and Maudsley Obsessive Compulsive Inventory. Discussion: Chewing and spitting is a common compensatory behavior among patients with eating disorders and is associated with more-pathologic eating behaviors and higher scores on psychometric tests.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 09/2015; 62:147-151. DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.07.010
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The aim of this study is to evaluate the relation between suicidal ideation, allergic diseases, and excessive Internet use in Korean youth using a national representative dataset. Methods: Data from the Korean Youth Risk Behavior Web-Based Survey (KYRBWS), conducted by the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were used in this study. Complex sample logistic regression and structural equation modeling were performed to define the relation between suicidal ideation, allergic disease and excessive Internet use. Results: A total of 73,238 students participated in this survey. In Korea, 19.3% of adolescents had suicidal ideation in the previous year. Asthma (OR=1.23, 95% CI=1.15-1.32, p<0.01) and allergic rhinitis (OR=1.17, 95% CI=1.11-1.22, p<0.01) were identified as risk factors for suicidal ideation after adjusting for school and family factors. Structural equation modeling showed that excessive Internet use interacted with the association between allergic diseases and suicidal ideation. Conclusion: Allergy problems could positively affect suicidal ideation in Korean adolescents. Excessive Internet use could be a mediating factor between allergic disease and suicidal ideation.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 09/2015; 62:100-104. DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.06.012
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: The aim of this study is to evaluate psychiatric symptoms in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and to investigate the relationship of the disease activity, functional capacity, pain, and fatigue with psychiatric symptoms. Methods: Eighty AS patients and 80 healthy controls were included in the study. Spinal pain by visual analog scale (pain VAS-rest), disease activity by Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), functional capacity by Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI), and fatigue by Multidimensional Assessment of Fatigue (MAF) were assessed in patients. Psychiatric symptoms were measured using the Symptom Checklist-90-R (SCL-90 R), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES). Results: SCL-90-R total and all subscale scores (except interpersonal sensitivity and psychoticism) and BDI scores were significantly higher in the AS group compared to control group. PSQI total and all subscale scores were significantly higher in the AS group. State anxiety scale score was significantly higher and RSES score was significantly lower in the AS group. Psychiatric symptoms (except Rosenberg Self-Esteem score) were significantly correlated with BASDAI, BASFI, pain VAS rest, and MAF scores. Conclusion: Psychiatric symptoms are often seen in patients with AS. Disease activity, functional capacity, pain and fatigue were correlated with psychiatric symptoms but self-esteem was not. Therefore, psychiatric symptoms should be taken into consideration in the management of AS.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 09/2015; 62:170-177. DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.07.016
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Sensory phenomena, including premonitory urges, are experienced by patients with Tourette syndrome (TS) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The goal of the present study was to investigate such phenomena related to tics, obsessive-compulsive symptoms (OCS), and global functioning in Japanese patients with TS. Methods: Forty-one patients with TS were assessed using the University of São Paulo Sensory Phenomena Scale (USP-SPS), the Premonitory Urge for Tics Scale (PUTS), the Yale Global Tic Severity Scale (YGTSS), the Dimensional Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (DY-BOCS), and the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) Scale. Results: USP-SPS and PUTS total scores were significantly correlated with YGTSS total and vocal tics scores. Additionally, both sensory phenomena severity scores were significantly correlated with DY-BOCS total OCS scores. Of the six dimensional OCS scores, the USP-SPS scores were significantly correlated with measures of aggression and sexual/religious dimensions. Finally, the PUTS total scores were significantly and negatively correlated with GAF scores. Conclusions: By assessing premonitory urges and broader sensory phenomena, and by viewing OCS from a dimensional approach, this study provides significant insight into sensory phenomena related to tics, OCS, and global functioning in patients with TS.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 09/2015; 62:141-146. DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.07.006
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    ABSTRACT: This research aimed to characterize patterns of emotional reactivity and dysregulation in borderline personality, depression, and their co-occurrence. In study 1, 488 young adult women from the community were categorized into four groups based on self-reported major depressive disorder (MDD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptoms (Low BPD/Low MDD; Low BPD/High MDD; High BPD/Low MDD; High BPD/High MDD). Immediate and prolonged subjective emotional reactivity to a laboratory stressor were assessed, and participants completed self-report and behavioral measures of emotion dysregulation. Study 2 extended these findings, examining emotional reactivity and dysregulation in a clinical population of 176 substance dependent patients with diagnoses of BPD and MDD and including a biological index of emotional reactivity. Results revealed greater prolonged fear reactivity in the High BPD/High MDD (vs. Low BPD/Low MDD) group in study 1, and greater prolonged anxiety and negative affect reactivity in both High BPD groups (vs. Low BPD/Low MDD and Low BPD/High MDD groups) in study 2 (but no differences in cortisol reactivity). Results also demonstrated greater subjective (but not behavioral) emotion dysregulation in the High BPD/High MDD (vs. Low BPD/Low MDD) group in study 1 and both High BPD groups (vs. both Low BPD groups) in study 2. Finally, the High BPD/High MDD group reported greater difficulties controlling impulsive behaviors compared with all other groups in study 1 and the Low BPD groups in study 2. Findings suggest that BPD pathology (but not MDD pathology alone) is characterized by greater prolonged emotional (especially anxiety/fear-related) reactivity and heightened emotion dysregulation.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 09/2015; 62:187-203. DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.07.014