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Children Exposed to Family Quarrels may Develop Frequent Headaches

by Savitha C Muppala on August 20, 2009 at 10:44 PM
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 Children Exposed to Family Quarrels may Develop Frequent Headaches

According to a new study , quarrels within the family can engage children in a negative manner, leaving them very little free time and also becoming a significant cause of headaches.

The research led by Jennifer Gassmann has revealed that boys who experienced more than one family quarrel per week had a 1.8 times higher risk of developing headaches.

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The amount of free time available to them seemed to be even more important.

The findings revealed that boys who only sometimes had time to themselves had a 2.1 times higher risk of developing headaches.

Parents' behaviour when their child complains of headache also seemed to play a major role.
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Either positive or negative reinforcement from the parents teaches the child that he or she can gain certain advantages from headache symptoms.

The parents' responses had a particularly strong effect on the frequency of symptoms in girls: reinforcing parental responses raised their risk of recurrent headaches by 25pct.

The study also showed that twice as many girls as boys had their symptoms at least once a week.

The study appears in the current issue of the Deutsches rzteblatt International.

Source: ANI
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