Psychiatric symptoms of adolescents with physical complaints admitted to an adolescence unit

Kislal F., Kutluk T., Cetin F., Derman O., Kanbur N.

CLINICAL PEDIATRICS, vol.44, no.2, pp.121-130, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 44 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/000992280504400203
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.121-130
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


The aim of this study was to evaluate the psychiatric symptoms among adolescents who were seen in the outpatient clinic for their physical complaints. Two hundred and ninety adolescent outpatients (154 males and 136 females) between 13 and 17 years of age (mean 14.3 +/- 1.2) are included in this study. Patients with known psychiatric disorders, mental retardation, organic brain diseases, or chronic organic problems were excluded. The Brief Symptom Inventory, which measures the psychiatric symptoms under the categories of anxiety, depression, negative self, somatization, and hostility, was given to all Subjects. Symptoms of urinary and cardiovascular systems were related to hostility. Patients with obesity, hirsutism, problems of external genitalia, enuresis nocturna, abdominal pain, chest pain, and lack of weight gain showed psychiatric symptoms at pathological levels. Hostility symptom was found to be high in all groups.