Genizi J, Srugo I, Kerem NC. Headache and physical and sexual abuse among Jewish and Arab adolescents in Israel. J Child Neurol. 2014 Apr;29(4):505-8. PubMed PMID: 23533163.

J Child Neurol. 2014 Apr;29(4):505-8. doi: 10.1177/0883073813482042. Epub 2013 Mar 26.

Headache and physical and sexual abuse among Jewish and Arab adolescents in Israel.

Genizi J(1), Srugo I, Kerem NC.

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(1)1Pediatric Neurology Unit, Bnai Zion Medical Center, Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa, Israel.

The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the relationship between headaches and physical and sexual abuse. A self-administered, anonymous questionnaire was presented to 2088 tenth grade students in Northern Israel. Participants were Jews and Arabs between the ages of 15 to 16 years. Arab adolescents comprised 55% of the analyzed sample and adolescent Jews 45%. With regard to gender, 56% of participants were females. Of the Arab participants, 18.6% reported having frequent headaches, less than that reported in the Jewish group (27.9%). Jewish girls who were physically abused during childhood had a higher prevalence of frequent headaches (55% vs 33% P < .001). Jewish students who reported being sexually abused had higher headache prevalence as well (44.4% vs 27.3% P = .05). In conclusion, adolescents who reported to have been physically or sexually abused report a higher prevalence of headache compared to their peers.

PMID: 23533163  [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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