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Children Relate Headaches to Emotional Stress.

Monday, 03 November 2008 15:14
Working on the assumption that children probably have insights into what triggers their own headaches, Dr. Birgitta Hovelius and colleagues took the novel approach of actually asking a group of 10 to 14-year-olds about their experience of headache.

"We are trying to understand children's intuitive knowledge and understanding of factors affecting their health from the point of view that their narratives represent an important source of knowledge in the area of medical research," Dr. Hovelius told Reuters Health. "Such research has been neglected."

The children consistently linked their headaches with conditions in school, the researchers report in The British Journal of General Practice. "Specifically with more theoretically oriented subjects--mathematics or Swedish -- a noisy and disorderly school environment, and insecure relations with classmates."

Another regular theme when the children were encouraged to talk freely was insecurity or conflict in their family. Read the entire article at medscape.com.