Somatization in Field Studies

  • Benjamín Vicente
  • Mario Uribe
  • Mabel Vielma
  • Pedro Rioseco
  • Sandra Saldivia
Conference paper
Part of the Keio University Symposia for Life Science and Medicine book series (KEIO, volume 3)


The prevalence of DSM-III-R somatization disorder in a general population sample is analyzed. Risk factors, psychiatric co-morbidity, symptom profile, disability, and pattern of utilization of services are identified and described. The information was collected in a general population psychiatric disorder survey undertaken in Concepción, Chile. The sample size was 800 adults interviewed with the CIDI, which was previously adapted and validated. The results show a relatively low prevalence of somatoform disorders but a high frequency of gastrointestinal symptoms. The disorder is clearly more prevalent in women, young adults between 15 and 39 years old, single, unemployed, and with very low education. The presence of somatoform symptoms is related to the diagnosis of depressive and anxiety disorders. The strongest association is found with somatoform pain and dysthymia. The utilization of services by these patients is not as high as expected. Results are compared with other available data in the literature.


Anxiety Disorder Generalize Anxiety Disorder Somatic Symptom Somatization Disorder Specific Psychiatric Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamín Vicente
    • 1
  • Mario Uribe
    • 1
  • Mabel Vielma
    • 1
  • Pedro Rioseco
    • 1
  • Sandra Saldivia
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Mental HealthUniversity of ConcepciónConcepciónChile

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