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Self-Reported Psychosomatic Complaints and Conduct Problems in Swedish Adolescents

Brooks, SJ, Titova, OE, Ashworth, E, Bylund, SBA, Feldman, I and Schiöth, HB (2022) Self-Reported Psychosomatic Complaints and Conduct Problems in Swedish Adolescents. Children, 9 (7). ISSN 2227-9067

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Physical conditions in children and adolescents are often under reported during mainstream school years and may underlie mental health disorders. Additionally, comparisons between younger and older schoolchildren may shed light on developmental differences regarding the way in which physical conditions translate into conduct problems. The aim of the current study was to examine the incidence of psychosomatic complaints (PSC) in young and older adolescent boys and girls who also report conduct problems. A total of 3132 Swedish adolescents (age range 15–18 years, 47% boys) completed the Uppsala Life and Health Cross-Sectional Survey (LHS) at school. The LHS question scores were categorised by two researchers who independently identified questions that aligned with DSM-5 conduct disorder (CD) criteria and PSC. MANOVA assessed the effects of PSC, age, and gender on scores that aligned with the DSM criteria for CD. The main effects of gender, age, and PSC on the conduct problem scores were observed. Adolescents with higher PSC scores had higher conduct problem scores. Boys had higher serious violation of rules scores than girls, particularly older boys with higher PSC scores. Psychosomatic complaints could be a useful objective identifier for children and adolescents at risk of developing conduct disorders. This may be especially relevant when a reliance on a child’s self-reporting of their behavior may not help to prevent a long-term disturbance to their quality of life.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: MDPI
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2022 09:40
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2022 09:45
DOI or ID number: 10.3390/children9070963
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17169
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