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The relationship between physical and mental health in children and adolescents 

The relationship between physical and mental health in children and adolescents
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The relationship between physical and mental health in children and adolescents
Author(s):

Julia Gledhill

and M. Elena Garralda

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0227
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date: 18 August 2019

The link between physical and psychological disorder in children and adolescents is well established. Children with chronic illness are at increased risk of emotional and behavioural disorders. In addition, repeated presentations with physical symptoms may represent underlying psychological distress or psychiatric disorder. Because of the inextricable links between young people and the family in which they live, it is inappropriate to consider symptoms in an index child in isolation. The effects of symptomatology on family functioning, parent, and sibling relationships should be considered. This may have important aetiological and prognostic significance.

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