Table 1

Percentage and number of Brazilian boys and girls reporting psychosomatic symptoms at least once a week in the last year (n = 396 respondents on the PSSC).

Symptoms

Total (n = 396)

Boys (n = 172)

Girls (n = 224)


N

%

N

%

N

%


Headache *

59

14.9

8

4.7

51

22.8


Fatigue *

72

18.2

24

14.0

48

21.4


Dizziness *

48

12.1

10

5.8

38

17.0


Weakness *

34

8.6

4

2.3

30

13.4


Abdominal pain *

30

7.6

4

2.3

26

11.6


Insomnia

35

8.8

11

6.4

24

10.7


Depression *

19

4.8

1

0.6

18

8.0


Constipation *

21

5.3

1

0.6

20

8.9


Nausea

14

3.5

3

1.7

11

4.9


At least one symptom in the last year*

199

50.3

62

36.0

137

61.2


Two or more symptoms in the last year*

119

30.1

30

17.4

89

39.7


* Differences between boys and girls significant at p < 0.05 (chi-square test).

Aires et al. BMC Pediatrics 2011 11:8   doi:10.1186/1471-2431-11-8

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