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A Journal on Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery,
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Otoneurosurgery
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus
Otorinolaringologia 1999 December;49(4):159-62
Application of Eysneck’s test in the personality study of patients with vocal fold polyps
Radwan B., Kurnatowski P., Kozlowski Z.
From the Department of Otolaryngology Medical University, Lódz (Head: Prof. B. Latkowski)
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Background. Different factors, general and local, play a role in the development of laryngeal polyps; one of them can be the personality structure. The objective of this study was the application of Eysneck test to determine extrovert and neurotic qualities in the groups of people with and without polyps of the vocal folds.
Methods. The study included 72 people divided into group A - 42 patients with vocal fold polyps, treated microsurgically, and group B -30 healthy individuals constituting the control group. In the estimation of personality, Eysneck’s questionnaire (MPI) adapted by Choynowski to the Polish conditions was used.
Results. The analysis of the mean values of neurotism showed, a statistically insignificant differences in the group of sick people in comparison to the control; the mean values of extraversion in the group of patients with vocal fold polyps were statistically higher then in the control group. It was also observed that the mean neurotism values increased with age. It was found that in the “white collar workers” group a slightly higher number of patients showed a tendency to neurotism than to extraversion; in the “blue collar workers” group a considerably higher percentage of patients exhibited extravert qualities in relation to neurotic qualities.
Conclusions. Extravert personality my be a causal factor in the pathogenesis of vocal fold polyps.