Family background and sexual abuse associated with somatization

Psychother Psychosom. 1995;64(2):82-7. doi: 10.1159/000288995.


To help clarify the complex association between negative childhood experiences and somatization, the authors examined the possible relationship between self-reported childhood sexual abuse, dysfunctional family background and several types of somatization in a nonclinical sample. Three anonymous questionnaires were completed by 202 female university students (average age 22 years). The findings confirm that severe or repeated childhood sexual victimization and a familial deficiency syndrome in childhood may be important in the pathogenesis of somatization.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology*
  • Child of Impaired Parents / psychology
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Personality Development*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sick Role
  • Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology*