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ERIC Number: EJ958153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7219
Emotions and Self-Esteem as Indicators of Somatic Complaints in Children
Terwogt, Mark Meerum; Rieffe, Carolien; Miers, Anne C.; Jellesma, Francine C.; Tolland, Abigail
Infant and Child Development, v15 n6 p581-592 Nov-Dec 2006
The literature on somatic complaints in children without a clear physical medical cause often demonstrates connections with various psychological factors, such as negative emotions and problems handling them, poor self-image, and coping potential. We entered these elements into a structural model to elucidate the relationships among them and tested it on 330 children (mean age 10 years and 9 months). The results showed that mood balance contributed most to the prediction of self-reported somatic complaints. Moreover, mood (in combination with anxiety and depression problems) had an indirect impact on children's somatic complaints by influencing self-esteem. The influence and position of coping was less clear. The results are discussed in terms of the "symptom perception theory". (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands