Psychosomatic and Psychosocial Symptoms Are Associated with Low Blood Pressure in Swedish Schoolchildren

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The relation between psychosomatic and psychosocial symptoms and blood pressure was studied in Swedish schoolchildren.


Blood pressure was measured in 122 healthy Swedish schoolchildren, aged 6–16 years. Psychosomatic and psychosocial symptoms, delinquent behaviour, parental health and employment status were assessed.


Children with systolic blood pressure above +1 SD of mean reported significantly less symptoms (JOURNAL/pspsbf/04.02/00006847-199867020-00006/OV0335/v/2017-10-07T104923Z/r/image-png = 1.4) than children with blood pressure below –1 SD of the mean (JOURNAL/pspsbf/04.02/00006847-199867020-00006/OV0335/v/2017-10-07T104923Z/r/image-png = 2.7; p < 0.05). Children with three or more self-reported symptoms had significantly lower blood pressure than children without symptoms both in the supine (110 ± 12 vs. 120 ± 18 mm Hg; p < 0.05) and in the standing position (117 ± 17 vs. 127 ± 18 mm Hg; p < 0.05).


We conclude that psychosomatic and psychosocial symptoms in children might be associated with low blood pressure.

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