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Somatoform syndromes and disorders in a representative population sample of adolescents and young adults : prevalence, comorbidity and impairments

Lieb, R. and Pfister, H. and Mastaler, M. and Wittchen, H.-U.. (2000) Somatoform syndromes and disorders in a representative population sample of adolescents and young adults : prevalence, comorbidity and impairments. Acta psychiatrica scandinavica, Vol. 101, H. 3. pp. 194-208.

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Abstract

Objective: To present prevalence findings of DSM-IV somatoform symptoms, syndromes and disorders in a representative sample of adolescents and young adults. Method: Data come from the Early Developmental Stages of Psychopathology (EDSP) study, in which a total of 3021 respondents aged 14-24 years were assessed by the Munich-Composite International Diagnostic Interview. Results: Although specific DSM-TV somatoform disorders were relatively rare with a lifetime rate of 2.7%, a considerably higher proportion of respondents met criteria for clinically significant somatoform syndromes as defined by the Somatic Symptom Index SSI4, 6 (lifetime: 1.7%), as well as the undifferentiated somatoform/dissociative syndrome USDS (lifetime: 9.1%), resulting in an overall prevalence rate of 12.6%. Somatoform conditions are often comorbid with other mental disorders and were found to be associated with remarkable impairments and disabilities. Conclusion: Somatoform disorders and syndromes in young adults are frequent, impairing and often associated with the development of other mental disorders.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
UniBasel Contributors:Lieb, Roselind
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Munksgaard
ISSN:0001-690X
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:22 Mar 2012 14:24
Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 13:42

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