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Somatic symptoms and internalizing problems in urban youth: a cross-cultural comparison of Czech and Russian adolescents.
Uppsala University.
Uppsala University.
University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway.
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno, Czech Republic.
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2018 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 28, no 3, p. 480-484Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Although the association between somatic complaints and internalizing problems (anxiety, somatic anxiety and depression) is well established, it remains unclear whether the pattern of this relationship differs by gender and in different cultures. The aim of this study was to examine cross-cultural and gender-specific differences in the association between somatic complaints and internalizing problems in youth from the Czech Republic and Russia.

Methods: The Social and Health Assessment, a self-report survey, was completed by representative community samples of adolescents, age 12-17 years, from the Czech Republic (N = 4770) and Russia (N = 2728).

Results: A strong association was observed between somatic complaints and internalizing psychopathology. Although the levels of internalizing problems differed by country and gender, they increased together with and largely in a similar way to somatic complaints for boys and girls in both countries.

Conclusion: The association between somatic symptoms and internalizing problems seems to be similar for boys and girls across cultures.

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2018. Vol. 28, no 3, p. 480-484
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Sociology
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34493DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/cky001ISI: 000434046900019PubMedID: 29373646Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85048614419OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-34493DiVA, id: diva2:1179876
Available from: 2018-02-02 Created: 2018-02-02 Last updated: 2018-06-29Bibliographically approved

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