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L’expression d’une souffrance par le corps à l’adolescence. Une étude qualitative

Abstract : Introduction: The suffering through the body and its psychic resonance is a vector of questioning for a long time, a recent review of the literature describes a nosographic difficulty in the medical field that makes these disorders complicated to explain. Adolescence is a period of special development, especially physical but also psychic. The objective of this study is to study the experiences of adolescents with physical suffering related to psychic difficulties. Method: We have formed a population of adolescents with Somatic Symptom Disorder and related disorders from DSM 5. The participants were included from a medical teenager department in Paris: «La Maison de Solenn», they were then in the care circuit of the structure. Each teenager was interviewed in a semi-structured interview of about one hour, then the transcripts of these different interviews were analyzed longitudinally and then transversally, following the IPA method: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Results: A population of 10 adolescent girls was studied. Three meta-themes emerged from this study: a meta theme concerning the lack of belief and misunderstanding of the medical profession as well as of peers and the environment :« They don’t believe me ». Another meta theme highlighting the difficulties that these disorders cause on a daily basis and which is experienced as a real handicap in their adolescent development : « Why my young body is suffering so much? ». And finally another meta-theme that aims a search for an explanation of this intimate bodily feeling and medical explanation : « What’s happening to me is a mystery ». Conclusion: These disorders are very mysterious disorders for adolescents, their families and medicine, this leads to a complicated medical nomadism for these adolescents who do not find concrete answers to a difficulty that prevents them and disturbs them on a daily basis in adolescent development.
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Médérick Merlo. L’expression d’une souffrance par le corps à l’adolescence. Une étude qualitative. Sciences du Vivant [q-bio]. 2021. ⟨dumas-03429975⟩



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