Using data from the TRacking Adolescents' Individual Lives Survey, functional somatic symptoms (FSS; i.e., somatic symptoms that cannot sufficiently be explained by underlying organic pathology) were assessed. In the general population cohort, 4.1% of adolescents suffered from persistent FSS. Risk factors for FSS included being female, suffering from depressive symptoms, having poor self-rated health and having high parent-reported FSS. Anxiety, parental overprotection, school absenteeism and diversity of symptoms did not predict persistence of FSS.

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