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Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior
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Research Article

Parent-Child Relationships in Children presenting with Somatic complaints: A Comparative Study

Priti Singh, Pratibha Gehlawat*, Balkishan Sharma, Virender Kumar Gehlawat and Rajiv Gupta

Department of Psychiatry, PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India

*Corresponding Author:
Pratibha Gehlawat
Department of Psychiatry
PGIMS Rohtak, Haryana India
Tel: 09671615649
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: November 20, 2014, Accepted Date: January 11, 2015, Published Date: January 19, 2015

Citation: Singh P,Gehlawat P, Sharma B, Gehlawat VK, Gupta R (2015) Parent-Child Relationships in Children presenting with Somatic
complaints: A Comparative Study. J Child Adolesc Behav 3:177. doi:10.4172/2375-4494.1000177

Copyright: © 2015 Singh P et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Abstract Introduction: Somatization account for disproportionately large number of visit to physicians and out-patient clinic. Many of the psychological problems present with pure somatic symptoms. The long term impact of Somatization is poor and results in compromised outcome in various areas. Children with faulty parent-child relationship are more prone to develop psychological problems and Somatization. Therefore, the present study was planned to assess the impact of parent child relationship on somatic presentation of children. Aim and objective: To assess the relationship between parent-child relationship and somatic presentation in children. Research design and methods: It was a cross-sectional, case-control study design. The study was conducted in Pt. B.D.Sharma, PGIMS, Rohtak, a tertiary care centre in northern India. The children of age between 9-14 years attending Paediatrics OPD with psychological and emotional problems formed the study group. They were referred to Department of Psychiatry for further evaluation. Thirty children who presented with somatic symptoms constituted the case group and thirty children with other psychological non somatic symptoms constituted the control group. The socio-demographic profile was taken on a specially designed proforma. The parent-child relationship was assessed by Children’s Report of Parental Behaviour Inventory (CRPBI). The collected data was analysed statistically. Results: We found that case group had significantly faultier parent-child relationship with both father and mother. Faulty father child relationship was associated with polysomatic and faulty mother child relationship was associated with monosomatic presentation. Conclusion: Children presenting with somatic complaints should be properly evaluated for psychological stress due to faulty parent-child relationship.