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Br J Psychiatry. 1996 Jan;168(1):116-20.

Effect of early life experiences and personality on the reporting of psychosocial distress in general practice. A preliminary investigation.

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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

About 25% of primary care attenders are 'somatic presenters'; individuals consulting for physically-attributed somatic symptoms in the presence of psychiatric morbidity. We tested the hypothesis that somatic presenters differed from psychological presenters on measures of personality ad childhood experience.

METHOD:

Case-control study of 'psychological presenter' and 'somatic presenters'.

RESULTS:

Psychological presenter reported significantly greater insecurity in intimate relationships, and recalled their fathers as significantly less caring and more over-protective, than somatic presenters. These difference remained after adjusting for differences in the severity and duration of psychiatric symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS:

Personality and childhood experiences may be associated with specific types of adult illness behaviour, independent of associations with the prevalence of psychiatric disorder.

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