The irritable bowel syndrome

J Psychosom Res. 1986;30(4):399-410. doi: 10.1016/0022-3999(86)90079-6.


The clinical characteristics and putative pathogenetic mechanisms of the irritable bowel syndrome are described. The complex inter-relationships between stressful life situations, psychoneurotic and somatic factors involved in the production, maintenance and management of alimentary symptoms are discussed using a behavioural model and catastrophe theory.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / etiology*
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Food Hypersensitivity / complications
  • Gastrointestinal Motility
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurotic Disorders / complications
  • Sick Role