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ERIC Number: EJ813465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9630
Continuity of Functional-Somatic Symptoms from Late Childhood to Young Adulthood in a Community Sample
Steinhausen, Hans-Christoph; Metzke, Christa Winkler
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v48 n5 p508-513 May 2007
Background: The goal of this study was to assess the course of functional-somatic symptoms from late childhood to young adulthood and the associations of these symptoms with young adult psychopathology. Methods: Data were collected in a large community sample at three different points in time (1994, 1997, and 2001). Functional-somatic symptoms were represented by nine self-reported items of the Youth Self Report (YSR) or the Young Adult Self Report (YASR). Only definite expressions of these symptoms were counted. Results: Definite functional-somatic symptoms across time ranged between 1.0 and 2.6% for dizziness, 3.0 and 6.7% for overtiredness, 1.0 and 2.9% for aches and pains, 5.6 and 8.3% for headaches, 1.2 and 1.9% for nausea, 2.5 and 3.0% for stomach-ache, and 0.2 and 0.8% for vomiting. In general, symptoms were more common in females at various times. In high-scoring subjects there was a significantly higher chance of functional-somatic symptoms persisting across time. Conclusions: Functional-somatic symptoms in childhood and adolescents can be easily identified in the community. In high-scoring subjects they tend to persist from childhood to adulthood.
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Language: English
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