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Jernbro C, Svensson B, Tindberg Y, Janson S. Acta Paediatr. 2011; 101(3): 324-329.


Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Health and Environment, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden Research and Development Centre, Sörmland County Council, Eskilstuna Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.


(Copyright © 2011, John Wiley and Sons)






Aim:  To examine if children with self reported experiences of either physical abuse alone or combined with intimate partner violence report more psychosomatic symptoms than other children, and to explore if these possible associations are enhanced by school related factors, chronic condition and demographic factors. Methods:  A national cross-sectional study of 2,771 pupils in grades 4, 6 and 9 from 44 schools in Sweden was carried out in 2006 (91% response rate). Data were analysed with univariate tests (chi-2), multiple logistic regression analyses and stratified logistic regression analyses, expressed as crude odds ratio (OR) and adjusted odds ratio (AOR) with 95% confidence intervals. Results:  There was a strong association between reported physical abuse and multiple (3 or more) psychosomatic symptoms among school children (AOR 2.12). Chronic condition was the only determinant that had an obvious enhancing effect on the association between physical abuse and psychosomatic symptoms in childhood. Conclusion:  This study shows that multiple psychosomatic symptoms are associated to child physical abuse. Health professionals therefore need to pay special attention to school children who complain about the co-occurrence psychosomatic symptoms and pattern of symptoms which could not be easily explained by other causes.

Language: en


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