The Role of Maternal and Child Health Beliefs in Children's Somatic Symptoms and General Practitioner Attendance

Knott, Fiona J (1995) The Role of Maternal and Child Health Beliefs in Children's Somatic Symptoms and General Practitioner Attendance. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This paper proposes a multifactorial model for the origin of somatic symptoms in children, their cognitive appraisal and the subsequent processes involved in the decision whether or not to consult a medical practitioner. The model suggests that symptoms arise for a numvber of reasons which include illness, child factors such as psychiatric disorder and family factors such as dysfunctional family systems and modelling. Following onset, the symptom is cognitively appraised by both the child and mother, a process which is influenced by health beliefs and involves an assessment of the personal risk and saliency of the symptom. Finally, a decision is made over the action to be taken. A number of factors are important here, including health beliefs, sociodemograhic variables such as social support and psychological factors such as neuroticism.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Clinical psychology
Date of Award: 1995
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1995-75474
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 20:01
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 20:01
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/75474

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