Date of Award
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology
This study addresses two questions relating to somatic family interaction. The first question is: What is the prevalence of somatic family interaction in a non-clinical sample? The sample consisted of 500 volunteer families obtained by sequential door to door solicitation in Newberg, Oregon, 25 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon. There was a 32% response rate within this area (n = 161) consisting of Caucasian, Hispanic (5%), and oriental families (2%). There was a full range of economic, educational levels and family sizes. The prevalence rate of somatic family interaction was found to be consistent with other research at approximately 21%
Lipetzky, Joseph A., "Somatization as a Coping Style in Families" (1995). Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). 527.