Childhood onset of migraine, gender, parental social class, and trait neuroticism as predictors of the prevalence of migraine in adulthood
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Original versionJournal of Psychosomatic Research. 2016, 88 54-58. 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2016.07.012
This study investigated the effects of socio-demographic and psychological factors in childhood and adulthood on the prevalence of migraine in adulthood using data from The National Child Development Studies (NCDS), a birth cohort in the UK. The analytical sample comprises 5,799 participants with complete data. Logistic regression analysis showed that higher professional parental social class (OR=2.0: 1.05, 3.86), female sex (OR=2.24: 1.68-2.99, p<.001), migraine in childhood diagnosed by physicians (OR=1.76: 1.23-2.50, p<.01), and higher trait neuroticism (OR=0.83: 0.74-0.94, p<.01) were all significantly and independently associated with the prevalence of migraine in adulthood. Both sociodemographic and personality factors were significantly associated with the prevalence of migraine in adulthood.