Do parents reinforce somatic complaints in their children?

F.C. Jellesma, C.J. Rieffe, M. Meerum Terwogt, M. Westenberg

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Objective: To examine the influence of parental solicitousness on self-reported somatic complaints in school-age children. Design and Main Outcome Measures: Participants were 564 children (mean age 10 years) and their parents. Children completed self-report measures of somatic complaints, parental solicitousness, depressiveness, fear, and sense of coherence. Somatic complaints were assessed again 6 months later. Parents also completed a questionnaire about solicitousness. Results: Parental solicitousness as reported by children or parents was unrelated to the frequency of self-reported somatic complaints. Symptoms of depression, fear, and lower sense of coherence were associated with more somatic complaints, but did not interact with parental solicitousness. Conclusion: Parental solicitousness seems unrelated to more frequent somatic complaints in schoolchildren. © 2008 American Psychological Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-285
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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