Somatoform and Physical Disorders

Robert L. Woolfolk, Lesley A. Allen

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This chapter provides an overview of the treatment of somatoform and related disorders. A brief history of the disorder is provided, along with a sociocultural framework in which to conceptualize somatization. The epidemiology of somatoform disorders is discussed. Empirical research evaluating psychosocial treatments for somatoform disorders, including the functional somatic syndromes, is reviewed and critiqued. The rather substantial assortment of treatment options available to clinicians is compared and contrasted, and their level of empirical support evaluated. The limitations of the empirical literature, as well as the treatment implications that can be drawn, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940202
ISBN (Print)9780195366884
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Functional somatic syndromes
  • Medically unexplained physical symptoms
  • Mind-body
  • Psychosomatic
  • Psychotherapy
  • Somatization
  • Somatoform


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