Psychological symptoms in mothers, like depression and anxiousness, are associated with progeny’s well being. A child whose mother suffers from mental stress is to be taken to a doctor more likely than those whose mother does not, reports a study.
These children usually complain of stomachache or abdominal pain.
Rona Levy, a psychologist in University of Washington School of Social Work asserted,
A parent’s psychological state is a significant factor in who goes to the doctor.
Scholars have postulated such a conclusion by analyzing more than 300 families with kids, aged 8 to 16. They recorded which youngsters had been taken to the doctor for gastrointestinal problems in the past three months. Mothers too were asked to fill questionnaires. Some of them were related to mental stress, their response towards their ill children and third was given to children asking them their behavior during illness and what they think was the response of their mothers when they experience stomach problems.
Even when the researchers controlled for the level of pain experience by the children, a key factor in which youngsters were taken to the doctor was their mothers’ psychological state.
Hence, doctors are advised, before diagnosing children for the symptom, that they must need to assess and treat other family factors.