Psychogenic Basis for Abdominal Pain in Children and Adolescents

Abby L. Wasserman, Peter F. Whitington, Frederick P. Rivara

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Eighteen girls and 13 boys, referred to a pediatrie gastroenterology clinic for recurrent abdominal pain, were compared with matched classroom control subjects on measures of school functioning, family environment, life events, and social and behavioral traits. All patients and their parents were interviewed by a child psychiatrist. This disorder was found more often in anxious, internalizing children who had been exposed to traumatic events and whose family members had a history of abdominal pain. The persistence of this disorder in most patients over a mean 9.5-month follow-up period suggests that methods for dealing with anxiety would be beneficial to these children. J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry, 1988, 27, 2:179–184.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-184
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


  • abdominal pain
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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