Health Anxiety and Somatic Symptoms in Young Adulthood

Abstract

In young adulthood most people begin to realize the meaning of health. The amount of costs to be incurred for the treatment of a person when they are suffering from a disease also affects a person's health concerns. According to Taylor and Asmundson (2004), most people feel anxious about their health. Anxiety about ones health can differ from one person to another. This study provides a general overview of health anxiety amongst young adults in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta. Participants in this study consisted of 263 people, aged between 20-40 years ( M = 27.23 , SD = 5.50 ). Participants come from different educational level and various backgrounds. Researcher used Short Health Anxiety Inventory (SHAI; Salkovskis et al., 2002), Patient Health Questionnaire Somatic Symptom Severity Scale (PHQ-15; Kroenke et al., 2002), and State-Trait Anxiety inventory (STAI; Spielberger, 1983). For data analysis researcher used the pearson product moment correlation. The result showed significant correlation between health anxiety and somatic symptoms. Similarly, there is a significant correlation between state-trait anxiety and health anxiety. Keywords: Young Adulthood, Health, Anxiety, Somatic Symptom



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Venie Viktoria Rondang Maulina, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, Indonesia

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Conference: ACP2014
Stream: Psychology

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