Modern health worries, subjective somatic symptoms, somatosensory amplification, and health anxiety in adolescents

Anett Freyler, Zita Kohegyi, Ferenc Köteles, Gyöngyi Kökönyei, György Bárdos

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The cross-sectional study aimed at the psychometric evaluation of the Modern Health Worries Scale in adolescents and the exploration of the relationship among modern health worries, somatosensory amplification, health anxiety, and somatic symptoms. A total of 480 secondary school students (aged between 14 and 19 years) completed a set of questionnaires. Four-factor structure of the scale was confirmed by confirmatory factor analysis. Modern health worries were connected to somatosensory amplification and health anxiety, and somatosensory amplification and health anxiety were partial mediators of the connection between modern health worries and somatic symptoms. Perceived vulnerability (conceptualized as somatosensory amplification and health anxiety) appears to build a "social-cognitive-emotional bridge" between symptoms and modern health worries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)773-781
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2013



  • adolescence
  • anxiety
  • physical symptoms
  • psychological distress
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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