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J Nerv Ment Dis. 2010 Apr;198(4):272-9. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181d61271.

Child and family psychiatric and psychological factors associated with child physical health problems: results from the Boricua youth study.

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  • 1Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY 10461, USA. jonathan.feldman@einstein.yu.edu

Abstract

To examine associations among Puerto Rican children's physical health problems and children's internalizing disorders, parental psychopathology and acculturative stress, and family factors. A population-based probability sample of 2491 Puerto Rican children, aged between 5 and 13 years, and caregivers from the South Bronx and the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico participated in this study. The parent version of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children-IV was used to assess children's internalizing disorders. Children's anxiety disorders, parental psychopathology, and acculturative stress were associated with childhood asthma, abdominal pain, and headaches. Children's depressive disorders, maternal acceptance, and family functioning were associated with abdominal pain and headaches. Parents of children living in Puerto Rico were more likely to report physical health problems in their children than in the Bronx. Children's internalizing disorders, parental psychopathology, and acculturative stress may be important areas to target among Puerto Rican children with physical health problems.

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20386256
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PMC2958697
DOI:
10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181d61271
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