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Somatization disorder among adolescents in southeast Nigeria: a neglected issue

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Mental Health Systems, September 2017
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Title
Somatization disorder among adolescents in southeast Nigeria: a neglected issue
Published in
International Journal of Mental Health Systems, September 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13033-017-0161-3
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Authors

A. R. C. Nwokocha, J. M. Chinawa, V. Onukwuli, A. Ubesie, Appolos Ndukuba, A. T. Chinawa, Elias Aniwada, Samuel Uwaezuoke

Abstract

Adolescents do present with somatization disorder which is often neglected by pediatricians. This could have serious consequences if not curbed early. This study is aimed at determining the pattern and types of Somatization disorder among adolescents attending secondary schools in south east Nigeria. Somatization disorder was investigated among 485 adolescents from mixed schools using a stratified random sampling of adolescents from four secondary schools in southeast Nigeria. The Enugu somatization scale was used to evaluate for presence of somatization in the participants. Statistical analysis was with statistical package for social sciences (SPPS) version 19 (Chicago IL). A total of 485 adolescents aged 10-19 years were included in this study. The mean age of the respondents was 16.36 with standard deviation (SD) of 3.14 years. Two hundred and fifty-one (51.8%) had head features, 262 (54.0%) had body features, 303 (62.5%) had either head or body features while 210 (43.3%) had both head and body features. One hundred and thirty-four males (51.3%) compared to 117 females (52.2%) reported symptoms consistent with head symptoms (p = 0.038). One hundred and eleven males (42.5%) compared to 99 females (44.2) reported symptoms related to the head and body (p = 0.137) while 135 males (51.7%) compared to 127 females (56.7%) reported symptoms related to the body (p = 0.925). There were significant associations of age in categories with head, body, either head or body as well as both head and body features (all p value <0.001). Psychosomatic problems do exist and may be on the rise among adolescents.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 41 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Postgraduate 18 44%
Other 7 17%
Student > Bachelor 4 10%
Researcher 4 10%
Student > Master 3 7%
Other 4 10%
Unknown 1 2%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 28 68%
Psychology 4 10%
Social Sciences 3 7%
Sports and Recreations 1 2%
Unspecified 1 2%
Other 1 2%
Unknown 3 7%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 September 2017.
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#8,635,868
of 15,788,635 outputs
Outputs from International Journal of Mental Health Systems
#359
of 562 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#122,849
of 277,958 outputs
Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Mental Health Systems
#4
of 7 outputs
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