Psychosocial Stressors, Somatization and Hypochondrical Features in Patients with General Medical Conditions

Author: Sadaf Lal Din

Supervisor: Rukhsana Kausar, Ph.D

Degree: MSc

Year: 2012-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study aimed to identify psychosocial stressors,
hypochondraisis and somatization features in patients with general
medical conditions reporting in the outdoor departments of hospitals. The
hypotheses of the present study were there is likely to be a positive
relationship between psychosocial stressor; hypochondraisis and
somatization features in patients with general medical conditions,
Psychosocail stressors are likely to predict the hypochondrical symptoms
and somatization symptoms in patients with general medical conditions.
The sample comprised of 85 participants with the mean age of 24.6 (SD =
8.12) out of them, 16 were men and 69 were women. The sample was
recruited from four public sector hospitals of Lahore. Check list of
psychosocial stressors, Screening tool for Somatoform Disorder (SOMS7) (Reif & Hiller, 2002) translated by Naz and Kausar (2011) and
Somatoform Symptoms Scale (SSS) (Naz and Kausar, 2011). Pearson
product correlation and regression analysis were used to analyze data. The
result showed significant relationship between psychosocial stressor,
hypochondraisis and somatization features in patient with general medical
conditions. Psychosocial stressor predicted hypochondraisis and
somatization features (pain, pseudoneurological, gastrointestinal) in
patients with general medical conditions. Findings will be helpful in the
hospital settings where patients come for their physical checkup having
psychological problem

Keywords: Psychosocial Stressors, Somatization, Hypochondrical Features, Somatoform Disorder.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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