Predictors of maternal responses to child abdominal pain

Shelby Langer, Lynn S. Walker, Joan M. Romano, William E. Whitehead, Lauren Feld, Rona L. Levy

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This study examined predictors of maternal responses to children's abdominal pain symptoms. Mothers (N = 450) provided data on psychological distress (self and child), responses to their children's symptoms, and perceived symptom severity. Several demographic factors predicted protectiveness and/or symptom monitoring: younger or male child, maternal non-Caucasian race or less education, and no father in the home. Psychosocial predictors included maternal somatization (related to greater monitoring and less minimization) and child distress (related to greater minimization). A child gender x condition severity interaction indicated greater protection of boys based on perceived severity, but no such discrimination for girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-81
Number of pages19
JournalChildren's Health Care
Volume36
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Abdominal Pain
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Psychology
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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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Langer, S., Walker, L. S., Romano, J. M., Whitehead, W. E., Feld, L., & Levy, R. L. (2007). Predictors of maternal responses to child abdominal pain. Children's Health Care, 36(3), 63-81.

Predictors of maternal responses to child abdominal pain. / Langer, Shelby; Walker, Lynn S.; Romano, Joan M.; Whitehead, William E.; Feld, Lauren; Levy, Rona L.

In: Children's Health Care, Vol. 36, No. 3, 06.2007, p. 63-81.

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Langer, S, Walker, LS, Romano, JM, Whitehead, WE, Feld, L & Levy, RL 2007, 'Predictors of maternal responses to child abdominal pain', Children's Health Care, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 63-81.
Langer S, Walker LS, Romano JM, Whitehead WE, Feld L, Levy RL. Predictors of maternal responses to child abdominal pain. Children's Health Care. 2007 Jun;36(3):63-81.
Langer, Shelby ; Walker, Lynn S. ; Romano, Joan M. ; Whitehead, William E. ; Feld, Lauren ; Levy, Rona L. / Predictors of maternal responses to child abdominal pain. In: Children's Health Care. 2007 ; Vol. 36, No. 3. pp. 63-81.
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