A comparison of headache and non-headache sufferers on measures of social support and mental health problems

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Teoh, Hsien-Jin and Tam, Cai Lian. (2008). A comparison of headache and non-headache sufferers on measures of social support and mental health problems. Malaysian Family Physician. 3(2), pp. 82-86.
AuthorsTeoh, Hsien-Jin and Tam, Cai Lian

138 headaches sufferers and 138 subjects without headaches were studied to investigate if there were differences between headache and non-headache sufferers in terms of their mental health and social support levels. The overall results of this study indicated that headache sufferers, as compared with non-headache sufferers had slightly more mental health problems, and more social support from their family members. When the results were scrutinised in more detail, it was observed that headache sufferers reported that they felt less capable of making decisions about things, were not always able to face up to their problems, and sometimes thought about themselves as a worthless. Given that the study was based on a community, rather than clinic sample, further research would be required to examine the differing the types of headaches that people are suffering from, and the intensity of the headaches, in relation to mental health problems.

Keywordsheadache; mental health; social support
JournalMalaysian Family Physician
Journal citation3 (2), pp. 82-86
PublisherAcademy of Family Physicians of Malaysia
PubMed ID25606122
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84874965836
PubMed Central IDPMC4170315
Web address (URL)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4170315/
Open accessOpen access
Page range82-86
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Online31 Aug 2008
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