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Sex differences in anxiety sensitivity among children with chronic pain and non-clinical children

Tsao, Jennie C. I ., Evans, Subhadra, Meldrum, Marcia and Zeltzer, Lonnie K. 2009, Sex differences in anxiety sensitivity among children with chronic pain and non-clinical children, Journal of pain management, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 151-161.

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Title Sex differences in anxiety sensitivity among children with chronic pain and non-clinical children
Author(s) Tsao, Jennie C. I .
Evans, Subhadra
Meldrum, Marcia
Zeltzer, Lonnie K.
Journal name Journal of pain management
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 151
End page 161
Total pages 11
Publisher Nova Science Publishers
Place of publication Hauppage, N.Y.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1939-5914
Summary Although sex differences in anxiety sensitivity or the specific tendency to fear anxiety-related sensations have been reported in adults with clinical pain, there is a dearth of relevant research among children. This study examined sex differences in anxiety sensitivity across unselected samples of 187 children with chronic pain (71.7% girls; mean age = 14.5) and 202 non-clinical children (52% girls; mean age = 13.6). Girls in the chronic pain and non-clinical samples reported elevated anxiety sensitivity relative to boys irrespective of clinical status. Girls with chronic pain also reported heightened fears of the physical consequences of anxiety compared to non-clinical girls but there were no such differences for psychological or social concerns. Among boys, anxiety sensitivity did not differ between the chronic pain and non-clinical groups. Future longitudinal research may examine whether specific fears of anxiety-related somatic sensations constitutes a sex-based vulnerability factor in the development of chronic pain.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2009, Nova Science Publishers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086921

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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