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2022 Feb 18

Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol

Secular trends in childhood pain and comorbid psychiatric symptoms: a population-based study.


Luntamo T, Lempinen L, Sourander A
Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2022 Feb 18.
PMID: 35182159.


Pain symptoms are common in childhood. They often lead to functional impairment and co-occur with psychiatric difficulties. Although children's lives have undergone enormous changes in recent decades, long-term data on changes in pain symptoms, and in comorbid psychiatric difficulties, is lacking. This knowledge is crucial, as co-occurring psychiatric symptoms are significant predictors of long-term outcome for children who suffer from pain. The main purpose of the present study was to explore secular changes in comorbid pain and psychiatric symptoms.