Pros and cons of social relations: An analysis of adolescents’ health complaints
2006 (English)In: Social Science and Medicine, ISSN 0277-9536, Vol. 63, no 3, 611-623 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper examines the association between social relations and psychological and psychosomatic health complaints, among adolescents in Sweden. We focused on relationships with parents, as well as relationships with peers in school and in leisure time. Both the structure and the content of relations were analysed. For the latter, we looked at supportive as well as strained relations. The data was the pooled child supplements of the Swedish welfare surveys conducted in 2000–2003. This constitutes a nationally representative, cross-sectional sample of 10–18-year-olds (n=5137), where information was collected from both adolescents and their parents. Results showed that young people's social relations with parents and peers clearly covaried with their health complaints. With regard to family relations and psychological complaints, the association was more pronounced for relational content than for relational structure. For instance, whether relations with parents were strained or not seemed more relevant than family structure and parental working hours. Moreover, strained relations were more strongly associated with health complaints, especially psychosomatic complaints, than were supportive relations. This applied to relationships with parents as well as with peers in school.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 63, no 3, 611-623 p.
Sweden; Social relations; Adolescents; Child health; Health complaints
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-9118DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.02.005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-9118DiVA: diva2:175637