Comprehensive psychiatry Journal Impact Factor & Information

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: 2.26

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 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

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Additional details

5-year impact 2.40
Cited half-life 9.20
Immediacy index 0.27
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.76
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

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This paper highlights the clinical challenges faced when assessing patients with stalking behaviors with psychotic disorders, suggesting the need for an accurate assessment of adult autism spectrum symptoms. A 25-year-old man with a diagnosis of delusional disorder, erotomanic type, was hospitalized for acute psychotic symptoms occurred in the framework of a repeated stalking behavior towards his ex girlfriend. When assessed for adult autism spectrum symptoms upon an accurate clinical evaluation, he reported elevated scores in the mentalizing deficit and social anxiety domains by means of the 14 item Ritvo Autism and Asperger Diagnostic Scale (RAADS – 14). Authors discuss a possible role of autism spectrum symptoms, generally disregarded in adult psychiatry, on the type of psychotic features and stalking behavior developed that may help for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 04/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.04.003
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    ABSTRACT: Bipolar disorder (BD) is a chronic illness, and a great need has been expressed to elucidate factors affecting the course of the disease. Social support is one of the psychosocial factors that is assumed to play an important role in the course of BD, but it is largely unknown whether the depressive and/or manic symptoms also affect the patients' support system. Further, the perception of one's social support appears to have stronger effects on disease outcomes than one's enacted or received support, but whether this also applies to BD has not been investigated. The objective of this study is to examine temporal, bidirectional associations between mood states (depression and mania) and both enacted and perceived support in BD patients. The current study was conducted among 173 BD I and II outpatients, with overall light to mild mood symptoms. Severity of mood symptoms and social support (enacted as well as perceived) were assessed every 3months, for 2years (1146 data points). Multilevel regression analyses (linear mixed-models) showed that lower perceived support during 3months was associated with subsequent higher levels of depressive, but not of manic symptoms in the following 3months. Vice versa, depressive symptoms during 3months were associated with less perceived support in the following 3months. Further, manic symptoms during 3months were associated with less enacted support in the subsequent 3 months. The current study suggests that perceived, but not enacted, support is consistently related to depressive symptoms in a bidirectional way, while mania is specifically associated with a subsequent loss of enacted support. Clinical implications of the current findings are discussed. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 04/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.03.009
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    ABSTRACT: The multidimensional scale of perceived social support (MSPSS) is a valid tool for assessing perceived support from family, friends and significant others. However, evidence about reliability and validity of the MSPSS in Chinese mainland patients with methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is lacking. The patients (n=1212) being admitted to the first two largest MMT clinics in Xi'an were recruited in the study. Reliability was estimated with Cronbach's α and intra-class correlation (ICC). Convergent and discriminant validity was assessed using item-subscale correlation. Factorial validity was examined using exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. The patients answered the questions of MSPSS at baseline and re-test after 6months, respectively. Cronbach's α of the overall MSPSS was 0.92 (subscales range: 0.84-0.89). ICC of the overall MSPSS was 0.65 (subscales range: 0.57-0.64). Better convergent validity (r≥0.40) was demonstrated by the satisfactory hypothesized item-subscale correlation. All of the hypothesized item-subscale correlations were higher than the correlations between the hypothesized items and other subscales, indicating better discriminant validity. Two factors were extracted from the 12 items, with factor 1 mainly covering friends and significant others subscales (explained 55.56% variance) and factor 2 mainly covering family subscale (explained 11.77% variance). In comparison with the proposed three-subscale model, the two-factor observed model did not fit well in this sample according to model fit indices. The MSPSS has acceptable reliability and convergent/discriminant validity in Chinese mainland MMT patients. The proposed three-factor model of MSPSS is much better fit than the two-factor observed model in this study. Findings of the study will provide evidence of psychometric properties of the MSPSS in MMT patient population and expand the use of the MSPSS in clinical MMT context. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 04/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.03.007
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    ABSTRACT: There is growing interest in the role of emotion regulation in anorexia nervosa (AN). Although anxiety is also hypothesized to impact symptoms of AN, little is known about how emotion regulation, anxiety, and eating disorder symptoms interact in AN. In this study, we examined the associations between emotion regulation, anxiety, and eating disorder symptom severity in AN. Questionnaires and interviews assessing emotion regulation difficulties, anxiety, eating disorder symptoms, and eating disorder-related clinical impairment were collected from group of underweight individuals with AN (n=59) at admission to inpatient treatment. Hierarchical linear regressions were used to examine the associations of emotion regulation difficulties, anxiety, and the interaction of these constructs with eating disorder symptoms and eating disorder-related clinical impairment. Emotion regulation difficulties were significantly positively associated with eating disorder symptoms and related clinical impairment only when anxiety levels were low and anxiety was significantly positively associated with eating disorder symptoms and related clinical impairment only when emotion regulation problems were not elevated. This study adds to a growing literature suggesting that emotion regulation deficits are associated with eating disorder symptoms in AN. Certain individuals with AN may especially benefit from a focus on developing emotion regulation skills in the acute stages of illness. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 03/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.03.004
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    ABSTRACT: Brain Wave Vibration (BWV) training is a simple healing practice, a kind of Mind Body Training. This study was designed to investigate the psycho-endocrine differences between BMV practitioners and naïve controls. The experimental group included 54 individuals who had participated in BWV. The control group included 58 subjects who had not participated in formal BWV. Levels of plasma NO, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and superoxide dismutase (SOD) were measured, and the modified form of the Stress Response Inventory (SRI-MF), the Positive Affect and Negative Affect Scale (PANAS), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) were administered. The BWV group demonstrated significantly higher plasma NO levels (p=0.003), and levels of ROS and SOD did not differ between the two groups. The BWV group showed lower scores in BDI (p=0.009), BAI (p=0.009) and stress level (p<0.001) and higher scores on positive affect (p=0.023) compared with the control group. NO levels were associated with increased positive affect (p = 0.024) only in BWV subjects. BWV may increase NO, a relaxation-related factor, possibly by improving emotional state. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 03/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.03.003
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) frequently exhibit involvement behaviors (IBs) in which they accommodate their caregivers to their OCD symptoms by 1) asking them for reassurance, 2) forcing them to participate in their rituals, or 3) forcing them to assist in avoidance according to the patients' rules or demands. Such behaviors correspond to those of their caregivers, and are referred to as family accommodation (FA). We performed multifactorial comparisons between 256 OCD patients with and without IBs in order to examine the clinical characteristics and long-term treatment outcomes of OCD patients with IBs. A multiple logistic regression analysis was also performed to identify the related and predictive factors of IBs. A total of 108 out of the 256 OCD patients examined (42%) were determined to exhibit IBs. OCD patients with IBs were differentially characterized by demographic and phenomenological characteristics (e.g. female predominance and poorer insight), more severe psychopathological features (e.g. lower GAFS, higher anxiety, or a depressive status), and poorer treatment outcomes. Furthermore, the predictive factors of IBs such as being female, having a higher compulsive score, and lower GAFS were identified by logistic analyses and structural equation modeling. The presence of IBs correlated with the severe clinical features, treatment refractoriness, and poorer long-term outcome of OCD. The severity of compulsions, being female, and lower GAFS were identified as predictive factors for the presence of IBs. Similar to FA, these findings appear to support the effectiveness of early identification and family-focused intervention in the treatment of OCD patients with IBs. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 03/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.03.002
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    ABSTRACT: Dysfunction of central nervous pain processing is assumed to play a key role in primary fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome. This pilot study examined differences of pain processing associated with adopting different interpersonal perspectives. Eleven FM patients and 11 healthy controls (HC) were scanned with functional magnetic resonance imaging. Participants were trained to take either a self-perspective or another person's perspective when viewing the visual stimuli. Stimuli showed body parts in painful situations of varying intensity (low, medium, and high) and visually similar but neutral situations. Patients with FM showed a higher increase in blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) response, particularly in the supplementary motor area (SMA). All pain-related regions of interest (anterior insula, somatosensory cortices, anterior cingulate cortex, and SMA) showed stronger modulation of BOLD responses in FM patients in the self-perspective. In contrast to pain processing regions, perspective-related regions (e.g. temporoparietal junction) did not differ between FM and HC. The stronger response of all four pain processing cerebral regions during self-perspective is discussed in the light of disturbed bottom-up processing. Furthermore, the results confirm earlier reports of augmented pain processing in FM, and provide evidence for sensitization of central nervous pain processing. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 02/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.02.005
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Clinical studies suggest a high co-morbidity rate of borderline personality disorder (BPD) with bipolar disorder (BD). This study examines the prevalence and correlates of BPD in BD (I and II) in a longitudinal population-based survey. Methods: Data came from Waves 1 and 2 (Wave 2: N = 34,653, 70.2% cumulative response rate; age ≥ 20 years) of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Lay interviewers conducted in person interviews using the Alcohol Use Disorders and Associated Disabilities Interview (AUDADIS-IV), a reliable diagnostic tool of psychiatric disorders based on DSM-IV criteria. Subjects with BD I (n = 812), BD I/BPD (n = 360), BD II (n = 327) and BD II/BPD (n = 101) were examined in terms of sociodemographics, mood, anxiety, substance use and personality disorder co-morbidities and history of childhood traumatic experiences. Results: Lifetime prevalence of BPD was 29.0% in BD I and 24.0% in BD II. Significant differences were observed between co-morbid BD I/II and BPD versus BD I/II without BPD in terms of number of depressive episodes and age of onset co-morbidity, and childhood trauma. BPD was strongly and positively associated with incident BD I (AOR = 16.9; 95% CI: 13.88-20.55) and BD II (AOR = 9.5; 95% CI: 6.44-13.97). Conclusions: BD with BPD has a more severe presentation of illness than BD alone. The results suggest that BPD is highly predictive of a future diagnosis of BD. Childhood traumatic experiences may have a role in understanding this relationship.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 01/2015; 58. DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.01.004
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    ABSTRACT: Background and objectives Emotion plays a significant role in schizophrenia. Emotional awareness (i.e., attention to and clarity of emotions) is associated with a wide range of outcomes. Given that individuals with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder differ in the significance of their mood symptoms, the present research examined whether the association between emotional awareness and delusions differs for these two groups of patients. Methods Emotional awareness (i.e., attention to and clarity of emotions) was measured with self-report in a sample of 44 individuals diagnosed with either schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Clinical ratings of delusions were made using the Scale for the Assessment of Positive Symptoms. Results For the sample as a whole, individuals with higher levels of attention to emotion tended to have more severe delusions. In addition, diagnostic group significantly moderated the relation between emotional clarity and delusions. Limitations Conclusions regarding causality cannot be drawn due to the cross-sectional design. Replication is particularly important given the small sample sizes. Conclusions The present research indicates that emotional awareness is associated with delusions. The results raise the possibility that the emotional factors that contribute to delusional beliefs among individuals with schizophrenia differ in at least some ways from the emotional factors that contribute to delusional beliefs among individuals with schizoaffective disorder.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 10/2014; 57. DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2014.10.006
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    ABSTRACT: Whilst impulsivity is most commonly linked to the development of internalizing disorders, high levels of impulsivity, anxiety, and depression have been found in detained juvenile offenders. We therefore sought to determine whether impulsivity is associated with the development of self-reported anxiety or depression in a sample of detained juvenile offenders. 323 male juvenile offenders and 86 typically developing controls, aged 15-17 were assessed. The Schedule for Affective Disorder and Schizophrenia for School-Age Children Present and Lifetime (SADS-PL) was used to assess psychiatric diagnoses, the Barratt Impulsivity Scale (BIS-11) was used to measure impulsivity, and the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED) and the Birleson Depression Self-Rating Scale (DSRS) were used to assess self-reported anxiety and depression respectively. Compared to controls, juvenile offenders had significantly higher scores on the BIS-11 total, as well as on the motor and nonplanning subscales (all p values <0.001), as well as higher DSRS (p<0.001) and SCARED (p<0.05) scores. Within the juvenile offender group, scores on the SCARED correlated positively with BIS-11 total, attention subscale, motor subscale, and total DSRS (all p values <0.01). DSRS scores correlated positively with BIS-11 total, attention subscale, nonplanning subscale, and total SCARED scores (all p values <0.01). Participants were then categorized low, middle or high impulsivity according to scores on the BIS-11. One-way ANOVAs demonstrated a significant difference between these tertiles on DSRS [F(2,320)=4.862, p<0.05] and SCARED total scores [F(2,320)=3.581, p<0.05]. Specifically, post-hoc analyses found that the high impulsivity tertile scored significant higher than the remaining tertiles on both DSRS (16.1±0.3 vs. 14.0±0.6, p<0.05) and SCARED (23.3±0.9 vs. 18.4±1.4, p<0.05) scores. Using multiple linear regression, BIS-11 attention scores, number of months served in custody, age, and BIS-11 nonplanning scores predicted higher levels of anxiety, whilst only BIS-11 attention and nonplanning scores predicted higher levels of depression. In detained juvenile offenders, high impulsivity may be an important risk factor not only for the externalizing disorders, but also for anxiety and depression. Results of this study, therefore, suggest that specific facets of impulsivity may represent one mechanism underlying the emergence of anxiety and depression in this population.
    Comprehensive psychiatry 04/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2014.03.022