Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Functional Abdominal Pain Disorders

  • Kari BaberEmail author
  • Kelly A. O’ Neil Rodriguez
Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)


Gastrointestinal symptoms are experienced by pediatric patients with a range of chronic illnesses, as well as by children and adolescents who do not have a primary medical diagnosis but are encountered in mental health clinics, schools, and pediatric primary care settings. In particular, functional abdominal pain disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia, and functional abdominal pain—not otherwise specified) are common among youth and best understood from a biopsychosocial perspective. This chapter describes the utility of cognitive behavioral case conceptualization and interventions in addressing functional gastrointestinal symptoms and the impact of these symptoms on daily functioning.


Functional abdominal pain disorders Functional gastrointestinal disorders Irritable bowel syndrome Functional dyspepsia Functional abdominal pain Cognitive behavior therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesThe Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pediatrics/Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and NutritionThe Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA

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