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The relationship between physical and mental health in children and adolescents

Julia Gledhill and M. Elena Garralda

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0227
The relationship between physical and mental health in children and adolescents

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The link between physical and psychological disorder in children and adolescents is well established. Children with chronic illness are at increased risk of emotional and behavioural disorders. In addition, repeated presentations with physical symptoms may represent underlying psychological distress or psychiatric disorder. Because of the inextricable links between young people and the family in which they live, it is inappropriate to consider symptoms in an index child in isolation. The effects of symptomatology on family functioning, parent, and sibling relationships should be considered. This may have important aetiological and prognostic significance.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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