Table 2

 Results of the Children’s Somatisation Inventory and the Child Health Questionnaire

GirlsBoysTotal group
*Intense symptoms are those coded as “a lot” or “a whole lot”.
†Gender difference in total number of symptoms in children: p = 0.03 (Mann-Whitney U, z = −2.2).
¶Gender difference in total number of intense symptoms reported: p = 0.05 (Mann-Whitney U, z = −2.0).
Children’s Somatisation Inventory
    Total number of symptoms (mean, SD)10.7 (6.1)8.42 (5.2)10.2 (6.0)†
    Total number of intense symptoms reported (mean, SD)*3.6 (3.3)2.6 (3.2)3.3 (3.3)¶
    Number of subscales involved (mean, SD)3.3 (1.0)3.2 (1.0)3.3 (1.0)
Child Health Questionnaire
    Physical functioning (mean, SD)74.8 (20.5)81.5 (23.8)76.4 (21.4)
    Role/social functioning (mean, SD)70.2 (32.7)72.3 (31.6)70.7 (32.3)
    General health perceptions (mean, SD)56.1 (23.1)62.1 (20.1)57.5 (22.5)