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A Spectrum of Conversion and Somatization Disorders in Children

  • Elsa G. Shapiro
  • Alvin A. Rosenfeld
Part of the Contributions to Psychology and Medicine book series (CONTRIBUTIONS)

Abstract

We have seen many children with somatoform disorders in pediatric neurology and neuropsychology inpatient and outpatient services (E.G.S. and N.C.), in a child psychiatry setting (A.R.), and in a general pediatric practice (D.A.L.). Before an attempt at classification is made, however, some characteristics of childhood conversion and somatization disorders should be discussed, because such reactions in childhood differ in important ways from adult disorders. Rather than extrapolating from the adult literature or from DSM III on to children, we present categories with case examples that reflect the symptom patterns we have observed.

Keywords

Somatic Symptom Child Psychiatry Learning Disabil Conversion Reaction Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elsa G. Shapiro
    • 1
  • Alvin A. Rosenfeld
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Pediatric NeurologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Psychiatric ServicesJewish Child Care Association of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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