Prevalence of pediatric chronic fatigue syndrome in a community-based sample

Karen M. Jordan, Leonard A. Jason*, Cynthia J. Mears, Ben Z. Katz, Alfred Rademaker, Cheng Fang Huang, Judith Richman, William McCready, Penny M. Ayers, Kari K. Taylor

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Background: This study evaluated the prevalence of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) among children and adolescents (ages 5 to 17) in an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse community population. Objectives: This investigation attempted to address limitations of previous studies by using a community-based sample and thoroughly evaluating each participant (i.e., using medical and psychological evaluations) to determine a proper diagnosis of CFS. Methods: A community-based sample of children and adolescents aged 5 to 17 were screened for symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome by telephone. Those reported to suffer from CFS-like symptoms were given medical and psychological evaluations to allow a determination of the CFS diagnosis.Results: The overall prevalence rate for the sample was 60 per 100,000 or.06%. The prevalence for the adolescents (aged 13 to 17) was 181 per 100,000 or.181%. Conclusions: The current prevalence estimate for CFS in adolescents is higher than previous estimates. CFS was more common in adolescents than pre-pubescent children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-78
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2006


  • Children
  • Pediatric CFS
  • Prevalence
  • Telephone-query

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology


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