The role of temperament in somatic complaints among young female adults

Deepti Gupta, Koraly Pérez-Edgar

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We examined a temperament-driven construct in relation to broad patterns of somatic behavior among young females (N = 215, 18-23 years). A multidimensional construct, socio-affective vigilance (SAV), encompassing affective, behavioral, and cognitive traits, along with sensitivity to sensory stimuli (low threshold), were used as predictors. SAV positively predicted somatic behavior and a low sensory threshold was associated with somatic complaints over and above SAV effects. A multidimensional construct, coupled with a low threshold, could underlie a vulnerability to somatization. These findings create a more comprehensive view of the temperament-somatization link by predicting a pattern of somatic behavior rather than individual symptom complaints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-35
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


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