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Ind Psychiatry J. 2010 Jul;19(2):115-8. doi: 10.4103/0972-6748.90342.

Perceived social support and life satisfaction in persons with somatization disorder.

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Department of Psychiatric Social Work, LGBRIMH, Tezpur, Assam, India.



Life satisfaction and perceived social support been shown to improve the well-being of a person and also affect the outcome of treatment in somatization disorder. The phenomenon of somatization was explored in relation to the perceived social support and life satisfaction.


This study aimed at investigating perceived social support and life satisfaction in people with somatization disorder.


The study was conducted on persons having somatization disorder attending the outpatient unit of LGB Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur, Assam. Satisfaction with life scale and multidimensional scale of perceived social support were used to assess life satisfaction and perceived social support respectively.


Women reported more somatic symptoms than men. Family perceived social support was high in the patient in comparison to significant others' perceived social support and friends' perceived social support. Perceived social support showed that a significant positive correlation was found with life satisfaction.


Poor social support and low life satisfaction might be a stress response with regard to increased distress severity and psychosocial stressors rather than a cultural response to express psychological problems in somatic terms.


Life satisfaction; perceived social support; somatization disorder

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