Functional disability in paediatric patients with recurrent abdominal pain

M. Wendland, Y. Jackson, L. D. Stokes

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Background: Recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) is common in childhood, affecting approximately 12% of children and adolescents. Children with RAP tend to experience impairments in functioning, such as increased school absences, anxiety and depression. Methods: The current study investigated the potential influences on the relation between functional disability and RAP in 100 school-aged children. A series of hierarchical regression analyses were conducted to test two models: main effects and moderation of the relation between abdominal pain symptoms, child anxiety, child depression, maternal emotional distress, maternal encouragement of child illness behaviour and functional disability. Results: The results indicated support for abdominal pain symptoms and child depression in predicting functional disability. The results also indicated that child anxiety and child depression each moderated the relation between pain symptoms and functional disability. Conclusions: Implications of the findings are discussed in terms of potential influences on the development of functional disability in youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)516-523
Number of pages8
JournalChild: Care, Health and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 23 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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