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Title: Biological Factors, Child Factors, and Social Factors Predicting Somatic Complaints One Year Later
Authors: VINA HO
Keywords: somatic complaints, childhood, parenting,
Issue Date: 11-Nov-2017
Citation: VINA HO (2017-11-11). Biological Factors, Child Factors, and Social Factors Predicting Somatic Complaints One Year Later. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Based on the developmental model of functional somatic symptoms, a working model for childhood somatic symptoms was adapted, comprising three factors. It was hypothesised that the three factors, namely biological, child, and social factors would predict somatic complaints one year later. When children were 7 years old, 147 parent-child dyads completed a behavioural task which was coded for the parent's and child's affect (positive/negative), and the child's responsiveness to the parent. In addition, each dyad completed a parental behaviour questionnaire, an internalising symptoms questionnaire, and the somatic complaints subscale of the Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL). One year later, parents completed the same CBCL questionnaire measuring somatic complaints. Results revealed that more somatic complaints at wave one prospectively predicted more somatic symptoms one year later. However, children's affect and internalising symptoms did not prospectively predict later somatic complaints beyond four control variables. Additional analysis revealed that more internalising symptoms did predict more somatic complaints later, albeit not beyond wave one somatic complaints. Findings also revealed that parental affect and parental support prospectively predicted children's somatic complaints one year later, whereas finding regarding parental negative control was nonsignificant. Results largely supported the use of the working model for identifying at-risk children.
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