This article was edited by the journal's Editor-Elect, Daniel S. Weiss.
The relationship between somatization and posttraumatic symptoms among immigrants receiving primary care services*
Version of Record online: 7 OCT 2010
Copyright © 2010 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 23, Issue 5, pages 615–622, October 2010
How to Cite
Aragona, M., Catino, E., Pucci, D., Carrer, S., Colosimo, F., Lafuente, M., Mazzetti, M., Maisano, B. and Geraci, S. (2010), The relationship between somatization and posttraumatic symptoms among immigrants receiving primary care services. J. Traum. Stress, 23: 615–622. doi: 10.1002/jts.20571
- Issue online: 22 OCT 2010
- Version of Record online: 7 OCT 2010
Traumatic experiences and somatization are related in studies on complex trauma, though this relation is rarely studied in immigrants. The relationship between somatization and self-reported traumatic experiences and posttraumatic symptoms in patients attending a primary care service for immigrants was studied. The sample consisted of 101 patients attending a primary healthcare service dedicated to immigrants. Participants completed two self-assessment questionnaires specifically designed for use in transcultural research: the Bradford Somatic Inventory and the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire. Both were translated and back-translated into eight languages. Somatization was significantly related to traumatic events and posttraumatic symptoms. In primary care centers for immigrants, physicians should give particular attention to somatization as a possible sign of unreported posttraumatic symptoms.