Aims: To examine the effect of anxiety and parental overprotection on functional somatic symptoms (FSS) in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Method: Seventy-six children and adolescents (aged 6-17) with ADHD and their parents completed a clinical interview about psychiatric and somatic symptoms. Parents also reported about parenting styles. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used. Results: The generalized anxiety, overprotection, and specific phobia variables each had a direct effect on FSS. Conclusions: Anxiety symptoms and parental overprotection may play a role in the development of FSS in children with ADHD. Further research is necessary to corroborate our findings. © 2013 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
- Functional somatic symptoms
- Structural equation modeling