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Psychological treatment for recurrent symptoms of colds and flu in children.
J Psychosom Res 2001; 51(1):369-77JP

Abstract

The effect of stress management and relaxation with guided imagery on upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) was investigated in 45 children with a history of 10 or more infections in the past year. To investigate the influence of psychological treatment on mucosal immunity, secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA) was measured before and during treatment. The number of symptomatic episodes during 13 weeks of monitoring was similar in treatment and waitlist conditions; however, episodes were shorter in stress management and guided imagery conditions than in the waitlist condition. Levels of sIgA increased toward the end of treatment. These findings were confirmed in a replication study. In addition, symptom reduction and improvements in psychological state persisted at 1-year follow-up. The findings suggest that psychological treatment interrupts a chronic illness cycle in children with symptoms of recurrent URTI.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Psychology, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia 6150, Australia. bhewsonb@central.murdoch.edu.auNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Clinical Trial
Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11448705

Citation

Hewson-Bower, B, and P D. Drummond. "Psychological Treatment for Recurrent Symptoms of Colds and Flu in Children." Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol. 51, no. 1, 2001, pp. 369-77.
Hewson-Bower B, Drummond PD. Psychological treatment for recurrent symptoms of colds and flu in children. J Psychosom Res. 2001;51(1):369-77.
Hewson-Bower, B., & Drummond, P. D. (2001). Psychological treatment for recurrent symptoms of colds and flu in children. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 51(1), pp. 369-77.
Hewson-Bower B, Drummond PD. Psychological Treatment for Recurrent Symptoms of Colds and Flu in Children. J Psychosom Res. 2001;51(1):369-77. PubMed PMID: 11448705.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Psychological treatment for recurrent symptoms of colds and flu in children. AU - Hewson-Bower,B, AU - Drummond,P D, PY - 2001/7/13/pubmed PY - 2001/8/31/medline PY - 2001/7/13/entrez SP - 369 EP - 77 JF - Journal of psychosomatic research JO - J Psychosom Res VL - 51 IS - 1 N2 - The effect of stress management and relaxation with guided imagery on upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) was investigated in 45 children with a history of 10 or more infections in the past year. To investigate the influence of psychological treatment on mucosal immunity, secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA) was measured before and during treatment. The number of symptomatic episodes during 13 weeks of monitoring was similar in treatment and waitlist conditions; however, episodes were shorter in stress management and guided imagery conditions than in the waitlist condition. Levels of sIgA increased toward the end of treatment. These findings were confirmed in a replication study. In addition, symptom reduction and improvements in psychological state persisted at 1-year follow-up. The findings suggest that psychological treatment interrupts a chronic illness cycle in children with symptoms of recurrent URTI. SN - 0022-3999 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11448705/full_citation L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0022-3999(01)00212-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -