Chronic tension-type headache in adolescents. Clinical and psychological characteristics analyzed through self- and parent-report questionnaires

Sara Battistutta, Renata Aliverti, Marcella Montico, Roberto Zin, Marco Carrozzi

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Objectives To analyze the relation between the symptoms reported by adolescents with chronic tension-type headache (CTTH) and their perception of their emotional and behavioral functioning.MethodsTwo groups of adolescents (clinical group, n 48; control group, n 135) and their parents (clinical group, n 42; control group, n 128) were studied, respectively, with the Youth Self-Report Questionnaire and the Child Behavior Checklist. Moreover, a secondary analysis was performed, identifying another subgroup of adolescents who reported having headaches.ResultsThe clinical group of adolescents obtained higher scores than the control group in Internalizing Syndrome; Aggressive Behavior for Externalizing Syndrome; Social, Thought, and Attention Problems; and in all Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV)-oriented scales (except conduct problems). Differences between the two groups of parents were found in all the scales. The controls reporting headaches obtained interesting intermediate scores.ConclusionsAdolescents with CTTH show greater emotional and behavioral problems than their healthy peers. Consequently, clinical approaches for proper diagnosis and treatment need to adopt a multidisciplinary prospective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-706
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Volume34
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009

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Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • CTTH
  • Externalizing and internalizing syndromes
  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Self- and parent-report questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Chronic tension-type headache in adolescents. Clinical and psychological characteristics analyzed through self- and parent-report questionnaires. / Battistutta, Sara; Aliverti, Renata; Montico, Marcella; Zin, Roberto; Carrozzi, Marco.

In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 34, No. 7, 08.2009, p. 697-706.

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