Relationship of child perceptions of maternal pain to children's laboratory and non-laboratory pain

Evans, Subhadra, Tsao, Jennie C. I. and Zeltzer, Lonnie K. 2008, Relationship of child perceptions of maternal pain to children's laboratory and non-laboratory pain, Pain research and management, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 211-218, doi: 10.1155/2008/684269.

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Title Relationship of child perceptions of maternal pain to children's laboratory and non-laboratory pain
Author(s) Evans, SubhadraORCID iD for Evans, Subhadra
Tsao, Jennie C. I.
Zeltzer, Lonnie K.
Journal name Pain research and management
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 211
End page 218
Total pages 8
Publisher Hindawi
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 1203-6765
Keyword(s) Adult
Analysis of Variance
Cold Temperature
Family Relations
Hot Temperature
Pain Management
Pain Measurement
Sex Characteristics
Socioeconomic Factors
Surveys and Questionnaires
Treatment Outcome
Summary Previous research has established links between parent and child pain. However, little is known about sex-specific parent-child pain relationships in a nonclinical population. A sample of 186 children aged eight to 18 years (49% female) provided information on maternal and self bodily pain, assessed by asking children about the presence and location of bodily pain experienced. Children also completed three laboratory pain tasks and reported on cold pressor pain intensity, pressure pain intensity and heat pain intensity. The presence of child-reported maternal pain was consistently correlated with daughters' bodily and laboratory pain, but not with sons' pain in bivariate analyses. Multivariate analyses controlling for child age and maternal psychological distress indicated that children of mothers with bodily pain reported more total bodily pain sites as well as greater pressure and cold pain intensity, relative to children of mothers without bodily pain. For cold pain intensity, these results differed for boys versus girls, in that daughters reporting maternal pain evidenced significantly higher cold pain intensity compared with daughters not reporting maternal pain. No such differences were found for boys. The findings suggest that children's perceptions of maternal pain may play a role in influencing children's own experience of pain, and that maternal pain models may affect boys and girls differently.
Language eng
DOI 10.1155/2008/684269
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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