European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 149, Issue 8, pp 592–593 | Cite as

Pain symptoms in an adolescent Italian population

  • G. Magni
  • G. Canton
  • L. Gallimberti
Psychology/Child Psychiatry


We have assessed the incidence of four types of self-reported pain symptoms (headache, pain in heart or chest, pain in lower back and muscle soreness) in a randomised sample of 1413 persons from a population of 93481 students aged 14–16 years in the Veneto region of Italy. In males, 26% reported moderate and 1.2% severe pain distress. In female, 35% and 3.7% reported moderate and severe pain respectively. Pain symptoms were positively correlated with anxiety and depressive symptoms and were more frequent in females.

Key words

Pain symptoms Adolescents Epidemiology 



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© Springer-Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Magni
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Canton
    • 3
  • L. Gallimberti
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PaduaItaly
  2. 2.Wyeth-Ayerst European Clinical Research and DevelopmentParisFrance
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryVicenza HospitalVicenzaItaly
  4. 4.Centre of Behavioural and Forensic Toxicology, UNFDAC Collaborating CentreUniversity of Padua and Addiction Research Foundation of ItalyPaduaItaly

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