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Migraine and asthma in childhood: evidence for specific asymmetric parent-child interactions in migraine and asthma families.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14510925     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In spite of the fact that migraine often manifests as a familial disorder, the role of the family in migraine has not been adequately explored. In this study parent-child interactions in 20 families with a child suffering from migraine were analysed and compared with 20 healthy families and 20 families with an asthma child. The families had to solve a puzzle within a limited time. Parent-child interactions within migraine and asthma families were asymmetric, revealing a disease-specific interpersonal context in the family. Communication with the affected child in migraine families was significantly more directive, with more specific instructions and less help, towards migraineurs than with the healthy siblings. Dominance of parents and submissive behaviour of children were the main features of interactions. In asthma families interactions were more conflicting and less cooperative. This study demonstrated a specific, asymmetric, pattern of family interactions predisposing children either to migraine or asthma.
M Siniatchkin; E Kirsch; S Arslan; S Stegemann; W-D Gerber; U Stephani
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0333-1024     ISO Abbreviation:  Cephalalgia     Publication Date:  2003 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-26     Completed Date:  2004-01-20     Revised Date:  2008-02-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8200710     Medline TA:  Cephalalgia     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  790-802     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Medical Psychology, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Asthma / epidemiology,  psychology*
Chi-Square Distribution
Middle Aged
Migraine Disorders / epidemiology,  psychology*
Parent-Child Relations*

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