Functional somatic syndromes (FSS) in children and adolescents: conceptual, measurement and treatment issues

Maria Kangas*, Karen Hansen Kallesoe, Charlotte Ulrikka Rask

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Abstract

Unspecific somatic health complaints and symptoms are common in children and adolescents, varying on a continuum of severity. When persistent and impairing, they are often referred to as functional somatic syndromes (FSS). The overarching objective of this paper is to provide an overview of the pediatric literature in relation to conceptual, assessment, and treatment issues for youth presenting with FSS. Clinical recommendations are outlined including addressing potential feasibility and barrier issues for families presenting to medical and mental health services. Assessment and treatment issues are further discussed in context of two recent psychotherapy trials conducted with children and older age adolescents (aged from 7 to 19 years). Finally, we address ongoing research gaps in this field with view to strengthen the evidence base in the assessment and treatment of youth presenting with FSS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-92
Number of pages12
JournalZeitschrift fur Psychologie / Journal of Psychology
Volume228
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

Keywords

  • medically-unexplained
  • pain
  • psychotherapy
  • youth

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