Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 165–175

Ukrainian Application of the Children's Somatization Inventory: Psychometric Properties and Associations With Internalizing Symptoms

Authors

  • Leighann Litcher
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral ScienceState University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Evelyn Bromet
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral ScienceState University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Gabrielle Carlson
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral ScienceState University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Thomas Gilbert
    • Department of Family MedicineBoston University
  • Natalia Panina
    • Institute of SociologyUkrainian Academy of Sciences
  • Evgenii Golovakha
    • Institute of SociologyUkrainian Academy of Sciences
  • Dmitry Goldgaber
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral ScienceState University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Semyon Gluzman
    • Ukrainian–American Bureau for Protection of Human Rights and the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association
  • Judy Garber
    • Department of Psychology and Human DevelopmentVanderbilt University
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005240214564

Cite this article as:
Litcher, L., Bromet, E., Carlson, G. et al. J Abnorm Child Psychol (2001) 29: 165. doi:10.1023/A:1005240214564

Abstract

This paper examines the psychometric properties of the Children's Somatization Inventory (CSI) in 600 10–12-year old children in Kyiv, Ukraine, replicating and extending the original findings from a sample in Nashville, Tennessee (J. Garber et al. 1991). The Kyiv children had significantly lower CSI total scores and reported significantly fewer symptoms than the American children. The Kyiv mothers, however, reported significantly more somatization symptoms in their children than did the American mothers. A factor analysis of the children's data yielded four similar factors encompassing pseudoneurologic, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and pain/weakness symptoms. Consistent with the findings from the Nashville study, the CSI was significantly related to the children's self-reports of health and depressive and anxiety symptoms and to maternal reports of child depression and anxiety symptoms. In addition, although more children with the highest CSI scores (25+) reported various illness experiences than those with 0–1 symptoms, no differences were found in the school absentee records. Thus, the results were congruent with the findings of the Nashville study, indicating that the CSI reliably measured somatization in this Ukrainian sample.

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