Psychosomatic Problems

  • Robert D. Lyman
  • Toni L. Hembree-Kigin
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


In recent years, there has been increased recognition of the importance of the relationship between physical and psychological illness and health in children. Wright (1977) has recommended that the term “psychosomatic” be expanded to include not only physical problems caused by emotional disturbance, as it was previously defined, but also the physical effects of difficulties in learning, development, and personality, as well as the psychological effects of physical illness and disability. Using this expanded definition, over 100 psychosomatic disorders have been identified that affect a large percentage of preschool children. Although all of these conditions cannot be discussed in this chapter, it is hoped that this discussion will highlight methods of assessment and treatment that are generalizable to conditions not discussed.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert D. Lyman
    • 1
  • Toni L. Hembree-Kigin
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.Early Childhood Mental Health ServicesTempeUSA

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