Predictors of maternal responses to child abdominal pain

Shelby L. 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
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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