Note:  Korrespondenzadresse: Dr. rer. nat. Dipl. Psych. Ricarda Mewes,
Philipps- Universität Marburg, Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie,
Gutenbergstraße 18, D-35032 Marburg. Tel.: 06421-3096923 Fax: 06421-30969293;
Abstract: This study investigated the degree to which Turkish migrants in
Germany, Turks in Turkey and Germans suffer from somatoform complaints and how
these groups differ in reference to causal attributions. 94 Turkish migrants, 183 Turks and 91 Germans were investigated
using the Screening for Somatoform Disorders (SOMS-2) and a modified scale for
causal illness attributions stemming from the Illness-Perception
Questionnaire-revised (IPQ-R). Turkish migrants and Turks suffered from significantly more
somatoform complaints than Germans, but they did not differ from each other.
The level of education and the employment status also contributed to the number
of reported somatoform complaints. The causal attributions did not differ
between the three groups. The reported higher number of somatoform complaints among Turkish
migrants seems to be mainly associated with their cultural background and their
education and employment-status, rather than the migration itself.
Keywords: Somatoform complaints, causal attributions, Turkish migrants, cultural background, education and employment status