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Table 1 Medical and socio-demographic characteristics of study sample

From: Illness perception in pediatric somatization and asthma: complaints and health locus of control beliefs

variable psychosomatic patients (n = 25) patients with asthma bronchiale (n = 25)
specific diagnoses (ICD-10/DSM-IV) 2 somatization disorder (F45.0/300.81) 25 asthma bronchiale (J45.x/n.a.)
  4 undiff. somatization disorder (F45.1/300.81)  
  6 somatoform autonomous dysfunction (F45.3/300.81)  
  13 persistent pain disorder (F45.4/300.80 or 300.89)  
duration of disease 5 <6 months (1 no information)
  13 6–24 months 4 6–24 months
  7 >24 months 20 >24 months
patients' age (years) mean = 12.8, SD = 2.9, range 8–18 mean = 11.4, SD = 2.6, range 8–16
patients' gender 18 female, 7 male 13 female, 12 male
absence from school (days/year) mean = 23.0, SD = 29.7, range 0–130 mean = 10.3, SD = 18.7, range 0–80
socio-economic status (vocation) 7 low, 17 medium, 1 high 4 low, 21 medium
family constellation 21 complete 17 complete
  2 stepfamilies 2 stepfamilies
  2 single parent families 4 single parent families