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Korean J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2002 Sep;5(2):166-173. Korean.
Published online Sep 30, 2002.  https://doi.org/10.5223/kjpgn.2002.5.2.166
Copyright © 2002 The Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
The Relationship between Recurrent Abdominal Pain and Depressive Trends in School-Aged Children
Young Joon Ahn,* and Kyung Rye Moon
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Seonam University, Namwon, Korea.
*Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea.
Abstract

PURPOSE

Recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) is common, affecting between 7% and 25% of school- aged children and young adult. This study was designed to assess the relationship between RAP and depressive trends in school-aged children.

METHODS

In 1999, We surveyed 1,181 elementary school children (566 boys and 615 girls) whose ages ranged from 9 to 12 years. The degree of depression was compared between the group with RAP and normal control group without RAP according to Korean Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) of Kovacs and Beck.

RESULTS

The number of the group with RAP was significantly higher in female (25.7%) than in male (18.9%). The most common site of abdominal pain was periumbilical. The mean depression score in the group with RAP was higher than that of the control group. The depression score was significantly higher in the group with RAP who has frequently pain and additional symptoms. The depression score was significantly higher in the group with RAP who prefered to play alone, did not enjoy going to school and had few friends than in the group with RAP who had a lot of friends, had active and meticulous characters. The depression scores were not significantly different according to the duration of abdominal pain, the onset time of pain, and the day of pain in the group with RAP.

CONCLUSION

The depression score of the group with RAP was higher than that of normal group. So, there is relatively a specific association between childhood RAP and depression in school aged children. It is good for physicians to consider psychological support in the treatment of childhood RAP.

Keywords: Recurrent abdominal pain; Depression; Childhood