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Psychological treatment for recurrent symptoms of colds and flu in children.

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.

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    Division of Psychology, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia 6150, Australia. bhewsonb@central.murdoch.edu.au

    Source

    Journal of psychosomatic research 51:1 2001 Jul pg 369-77

    MeSH

    Child
    Chronic Disease
    Female
    Humans
    Imagery (Psychotherapy)
    Immunoglobulin A
    Influenza, Human
    Male
    Recurrence
    Relaxation Therapy
    Respiratory Tract Infections
    Saliva
    Stress, Psychological

    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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