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Children of parents with a range of psychiatric disorders are at increased risk of developing psychological disturbance themselves. There is growing evidence that this includes children who have parents with a chronic somatoform disorder. The health beliefs of children with a parent with a somatoform disorder were compared with those of children with a parent with an organic physical disorder. Children of parents with somatoform disorder scored higher on bodily preoccupation and disease phobia scales and their health beliefs showed similarities to the beliefs of their parents.

Original publication

DOI

10.1192/bjp.bp.107.035261

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Psychiatry

Publication Date

11/2007

Volume

191

Pages

449 - 450

Keywords

Adolescent, Attitude to Health, Child, Child of Impaired Parents, Chronic Disease, Female, Health Behavior, Humans, Male, Parent-Child Relations, Psychometrics, Somatoform Disorders