Clinical phenomenology, somatic symptoms, and distress in Hispanic/Latino and European American youths with anxiety disorders

Armando A. Pina, Wendy K. Silverman

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This study compared clinic-anxious Hispanic/Latino and European American youths (ages 6 to 17 years old) along sociodemographic and clinical variables. Groups were relatively similar, although significant differences emerged as a function of ethno-cultural and language choice (English, Spanish) used during the assessment. Within the English language choice group, Cuban American (CA) youths reported somatic symptoms as less distressing than non-Cuban American Hispanic/Latino (non-CA/HL) youths. Conversely, within the Spanish language choice group, CA youths reported somatic symptoms as more distressing than non-CA/HL youths. Also, parents in the European American and CA groups reported their youths as having less somatic symptoms than parents in the non-CA/HL group. Implications of findings are discussed, particularly regarding possible cultural significance of somatic symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-236
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 4 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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