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  1. An epidemiological study of trichotillomania in Israeli adolescents.

    Article - En anglais


    To determine the prevalence of trichotillomania and comorbid psychopathology in nonreferred adolescents.


    Using a questionnaire and interview, 794 Israeli 17-year-olds were screened for current and past hair-pulling and comorbid psychopathology.


    Eight current or past hair-pullers (5 male, 3 female) were identified, yielding a lifetime prevalence of hair-pulling of 1%. Four subjects reported current hair-pulling (point prevalence of 0.5%). None of these reported alopecia, distress, or tension before pulling ; only two reported relief after pulling.

    Thus, none met the full DSM-III-R criteria for trichotillomania.

    Four subjects reported past but not current hair-pulling, with bald spots in two cases.

    Three of the four current hair-pullers had significant obsessive-compulsive symptoms, a significantly elevated rate compared to the entire screened population.

    Two subjects with obsessive-compulsive disorder also had generalized anxiety disorder and, in one case, chronic simple vocal tics.

    Hair-pullers did not differ significantly from non-hair-pullers in IQ, physical fitness, and overall competency, or prevalence of other comorbid disorders.


    In a community adolescent sample, only 25% of hair-pullers reported resulting bare spots and none endorsed both rising tension and subsequent relief.

    The prevalence of obsessive-compulsive symptoms was significantly elevated in these nonreferred hair-pullers.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Epidémiologie, Trichotillomanie, Trouble anxieux, Obsession compulsion, Prévalence, Association morbide, Trouble psychiatrique, Israël, Asie, Adolescent, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Epidemiology, Trichotillomania, Anxiety disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Prevalence, Concomitant disease, Mental disorder, Israel, Asia, Adolescent, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0500712

    Code Inist : 002B18C14. Création : 01/03/1996.