An initial correlation was observed between TAS-20 and BSEQ total scores (r = -.336, p [less than or equal to] .001); this showed that different levels of alexithymia are negatively related to beliefs about the beneficial effects of SSE.
Table 2 shows the descriptive statistics of total BSEQ scores according to gender, country and alexithymia level.
Results showed a significant effect of the "country" factor, F(1, 924) = 17.135; p < .001, [eta][p.sup.2] = .018, on beliefs about SSE (BSEQ) effects.
Finally, we performed a hierarchical regression analysis, where the total BSEQ score was the criterion variable and scores on TAS-20, gender, age and country were the predictor variables.
The scores obtained in two factors of the TAS-20 (externally oriented thinking, [R.sup.2] = .190, F(1, 924) = 220.70, p < .001, [beta] = -.436, and difficulty expressing emotion, [DELTA][R.sup.2] = .026, F(1, 924) = 129.28, p < .001, [beta] = -.165, predicted a significant proportion of the variance ([R.sup.2] = .232) of the scores of the BSEQ; the contribution of the country of origin to the prediction was low, [DELTA][R.sup.2] = .016, F(1, 924)= 129.28, p < .001, [beta] = -.13.