• Tatyana Chapala Togliatti State University
  • Mariya Ilich Togliatti State University
Keywords: gastrointestinal diseases, chronic pancreatitis, social-psychological characteristics of patients with chronic pancreatitis, psychological diagnostics of anxiety level, trait and state anxiety, addictive eating behavior


The relevance of the study is proved by the tendency of the growth of gastrointestinal diseases (chronic nonalcoholic pancreatitis) both among the elderly people and the middle-aged working people, what is justified by the objective statistics. In this regard, it is necessary to study the influence of economic, social, and psychological factors as the preventive measures on the growth of the number of people with the diseases of the digestive system.   

The authors summarized the results of the empirical study of economic, social-psychological characteristics of patients with chronic nonalcoholic pancreatitis, trait and state anxiety of patients with chronic nonalcoholic pancreatitis carried out at the gastroenterology in-patient department of Togliatti Municipal Clinical Hospital No. 5 in consultation with the Head of the gastroenterology department, Doctor I.V. Fisechko.

The experimental sample consisted of fifteen women at the ages from 36 to 79 with the disease of active chronic pancreatitis. All diagnoses were determined by the doctors of the gastroenterology department according to the standardized clinical diagnostic techniques.   

The results of the study comply with the results described in the literature and show that the following factors influence the contraction and development of gastrointestinal diseases: the low welfare level, the lack of understandable information about the risks and benefits of foodstuffs, negative emotional states experienced by a person for a long time.     

The study carried out by the authors proves that high trait and state anxiety of patients with chronic pancreatitis prevents from adherence to a necessary diet, it is a stimulus for the consuming of foodstuffs prohibited in the case of gastrointestinal diseases what causes the disease recurrence and the necessity of hospital care.

Author Biographies

Tatyana Chapala , Togliatti State University

PhD (Psychology), assistant professor of Chair “Preschool Education, Applied Psychology”, medical psychologist

Mariya Ilich , Togliatti State University

graduate student of Chair “Preschool Education, Applied Psychology”


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