N.J. King, PhD., MAPsS
Headache activity in children and adolescents
Version of Record online: 10 MAR 2008
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 50–54, February 1990
How to Cite
KING, N.J. and SHARPLEY, C.F. (1990), Headache activity in children and adolescents. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 26: 50–54. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1990.tb02379.x
- Issue online: 10 MAR 2008
- Version of Record online: 10 MAR 2008
- Accepted for publication 5 December 1989.
Abstract We examined headache activity in 900 Australian youth aged 10–18, using a self-report questionnaire. Headache prevalence, duration, severity, symptomatology and precipitants were examined, as well as the self-statements and coping responses of children. Headaches were experienced by most children, and girls reported more frequent headaches than boys. Common headache symptoms included those traditionally associated with muscle-contraction headache and migraine. Some children reported that they found headaches to be a terrible experience and ‘wished they would die’ during a headache. Of the various coping responses that were endorsed, the use of medication was the most frequent. Methodological problems include the reliability and validity of self-report data, and the limitations of cross-sectional investigations.