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Psychosomatics. 2004 Nov-Dec;45(6):500-7.

Family, health, and adolescence.

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Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.


The present research examined the correlations between types of family relationships and adolescents' beliefs about their own health. "Healthy" adolescents (N=765) completed both the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control questionnaire and Olson's scale assessing family cohesion and adaptability. They were compared to a group of 358 adolescents diagnosed with mental disorders. Cohesion in the family of origin was a significant factor in the adolescents' feeling of control over their own health as well as in the level of power they attributed to other people. Among these adolescents, adaptability of the family of origin was positively correlated with stronger feelings of control over one's own health and with lower levels of belief in chance. Family relations were significant in the adolescents' acquisition of feelings of control over their own health.

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