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Subjective Body Complaints as an Indicator of Somatization in Elderly Patients

CITATION:  Schneider, G., Wachter, M., et al.  (2003)  Subjective Body Complaints as an Indicator of Somatization In Elderly Patients.  Psychosomatics. Washington: Mar/Apr 2003.Vol.44, Iss. 2;  pg. 91, 99 pgs.

ABSTRACT:  The authors examined the correlation of subjective body complaints (measured by the Giessen Subjective Complaints List) with sociodemographic data, objective health measures, measures of subjective well-being, and clinicians' ratings of somatization and psychological impairment in 251 cognitively unimpaired general hospital inpatients aged >/=60 years. The level of subjective body complaints correlated most highly with self-assessed life satisfaction and age-related changes and with the clinicians' rating of somatization. The results suggest that the level of subjective body complaints is determined by subjective well-being rather than by objective health measures, and thus subjective body complaints may be an indicator of somatization in elderly inpatients. 

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