A qualitative study of adolescents with medically unexplained symptoms and their parents. Part 1: Experiences and impact on daily life.

TitleA qualitative study of adolescents with medically unexplained symptoms and their parents. Part 1: Experiences and impact on daily life.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMoulin, V, Akré, C, Rodondi, P-Y, Ambresin, A-E, Surís, J-C
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume45
Pagination307-316
Date Published12/2015
DOI10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.10.010
ISSN1095-9254 (Electronic)
Abstract

Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are common among adolescents and are frequently encountered in primary care. Our aim was to explore how these adolescents and their parents experience the condition and its impact on their daily lives and to provide recommendations for health professionals. Using a qualitative approach, six focus groups and two individual interviews were conducted. These involved a total of ten adolescents with different types of MUS and sixteen parents. The respondents were recruited in a university hospital in Switzerland. A thematic analysis was conducted according to the Grounded Theory. The analysis of the data highlighted four core themes: disbelief, being different, concealing symptoms, and priority to adolescent's health. Transcending these themes was a core issue regarding the discrepancy between the strategies that adolescents and their parents use to cope with the symptoms. Health professionals should be made aware of the emotional needs of these patients and their families.

Alternate URL

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26530332?dopt=Abstract

First publication date (online)

10/2015

WOS ID (UT)

000366785700030

Alternate JournalJ Adolesc
Citation Key / SERVAL ID6441
Peer reviewRefereed
PubMed ID26530332

                         

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