Volume 19, Issue 2 (1990)
Somatic Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
Lawrence J. Siegel
Abstract: An interaction of multiple, complex factors (biological, environmental,psychological, social) contribute to the development and maintenance of many physical disorders. As such, psychologists have an interest in the study and treatment of many somatic disorders in children. This article briefly reviews a number of theories which address the role of psychological factors in the etiology of somatic disorders. The remainder of the article focuses on psychological treatment approaches that have been used to alleviate or reduce symptomatic behaviors associated with eating disorders, elimination disorders, and headaches in children. Finally, the role of school psychologists in the management of somatic disorders in children is discussed.
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