Physical and social factors associated with early adolescent headache and stomachache pain
early adolescents; headache; stomachache; United States.
Studies in the United States and Europe indicate that 30% of adolescents (1) report experiencing frequent headaches, with up to 40% of these teens experiencing them weekly (2). As many as 36% of adolescents report abdominal pain weekly (2, 3). Among adolescents, almost half of those that have abdominal pain, and up to 30% of those with frequent headaches, experience daily life restrictions, such as needing to stay home and rest due to their symptoms (1, 3). Early onset of symptoms, especially with abdominal pain, increases the likelihood of developing disorders in adulthood (4) and underscores the importance of early intervention. Various physical and psychosocial factors have been identified as predictors of both headaches and abdominal pain. However, little research has examined the combined influence of physical and psychosocial factors on chronic pain in adolescents – which is the primary contribution of this study.
Original Publication Citation
Fife, Benjamin & Renata Forste. (Published online ahead of print 2016). “Physical and Social Factors Associated with Early Adolescent Headache and Stomachache Pain.” International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Fife, Benjamin J. and Forste, Renata, "Physical and social factors associated with early adolescent headache and stomachache pain" (2016). Faculty Publications. 2959.
International Journal of Adolescence of Medicine and Health
Family, Home, and Social Sciences