International Journal of Psychophysiology vol:93 pages:261-266
Introduction: This study adds to the knowledge on somatization in adolescents by exploring its relationwith parenting behavior and the mediating/moderating role of physiological responses in adolescents to parenting behavior.
Method: Eighteen adolescents with high and 18 adolescents with low somatization scores and their mothers
completed a discussion task, from which observed parenting behavior scores were derived. Skin conductance
in adolescents was measured before and during the discussion.
Results: For adolescents with high levels of physiological responses, unadaptive parentingwas related to a higher
chance of high somatization scores. For low physiologically responsive adolescents, the relation between parenting behavior and somatization was not significant.
Conclusion: Parenting behavior is not univocally related to somatization in adolescents, but the association depends on physiological responses in adolescents.