The significance of life-events as contributing factors in childhood recurrent abdominal pain in an urban community in Malaysia

Boey, C.C.M.; Goh, K.L. (2001) The significance of life-events as contributing factors in childhood recurrent abdominal pain in an urban community in Malaysia. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 51 (4). pp. 559-562. ISSN 0022-3999

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    Abstract

    This study aimed to look at the link between childhood recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) and the presence of recent life-events in an urban community in Malaysia. School children aged from 9 to 15 years in the city of Petaling Jaya were randomly selected to fill in a questionnaire and to be interviewed. The prevalence of RAP among 1488 school children studied was 9.6 (95 confidence interval (CI), 8.18-11.25). Higher prevalences of RAP were found in children who had experienced the following life-events in the previous year: loss of a family member through death (P < .001), hospitalisation of a family member (P < .001), the child's own hospitalisation (P=.001), change of address (P < .001), change in occupation of an immediate family member (P < .001), failure in a major school examination (P < .001), bullying at school (P=.001). Following logistic regression analysis, five life-events remain significant: hospitalisation of a family member (P=.038), the child's own hospitalisation (P=.034), change in occupation of an immediate family member (P=.049), examination failure (P=.001) and bullying at school (P=.028). This study strongly suggests that recent stressful life-events are important risk-factors for RA-P. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.

    Item Type: Article
    Creators:
    1. Boey, C.C.M.(Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
    2. Goh, K.L.
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
    Additional Information: Corresponding author. Tel.: +60-3-79502065; fax: +60-3-79556114. E-mail address: boeycm@medicine.med.um.edu.my (C.C.M. Boey).
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Life-events; Recurrent abdominal pain; Urban school children
    Subjects: R Medicine
    Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
    Depositing User: Ms Haslinda Lahuddin
    Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2012 10:28
    Last Modified: 11 Jun 2012 10:28
    URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3236

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