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Maternal anxiety and children's laboratory pain: the mediating role of solicitousness

Evans, Subhadra, Payne, Laura A, Seidman, Laura, Lung, Kirsten, Zeltzer, Lonnie and Tsao, Jennifer CI 2016, Maternal anxiety and children's laboratory pain: the mediating role of solicitousness, Children, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.3390/children3020010.

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Title Maternal anxiety and children's laboratory pain: the mediating role of solicitousness
Author(s) Evans, SubhadraORCID iD for Evans, Subhadra orcid.org/0000-0002-1898-0030
Payne, Laura A
Seidman, Laura
Lung, Kirsten
Zeltzer, Lonnie
Tsao, Jennifer CI
Journal name Children
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2227-9067
Keyword(s) anxiety
children
chronic pain
parenting
Summary There has been limited empirical examination of how parent variables such as anxiety and solicitousness collectively impact child pain response. We sought to examine the relationships among maternal anxiety, solicitous parenting, and children's laboratory anxiety and pain intensity in children with chronic pain. Participants included 80 children and adolescents (ages 8-18) with chronic pain and their mothers. Children completed questionnaires and lab pain tasks measuring their parents' solicitous parenting, pressure, cold and heat pain anticipatory anxiety and pain intensity. Using bootstrapping analysis, maternal anxiety predicted child anticipatory anxiety and pain intensity in girls with chronic pain, which was mediated by the child's report of parental solicitousness. For boys with chronic pain, maternal anxiety predicted boys' anticipatory anxiety and pain intensity, with no support for mediation. This study adds to the growing literature demonstrating the impact of maternal anxiety on children's pain. The study highlights the importance of considering parents in treatment designed to reduce children's pain.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/children3020010
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086003

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