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Med J Aust. 1979 May 5;1(9):372-4.

Childhood deprivation: an antecedent of the irritable bowel syndrome.

Abstract

Three hundred and thirty-three consecutive patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) were interviewed. By the age of 15 years, 31% of the patients had either lost a parent through death, divorce or separation; 19% had an alcoholic parent, and 61% reported unsatisfactory relationships with, or between their parents. The findings support the important influence of childhood deprivation in the aetiology of IBS.

PMID:
470749
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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