Dealing with chronic pain: giving voice to the experiences of mothers with chronic pain and their children

Evans, Subhadra and de Souza, Lorraine 2008, Dealing with chronic pain: giving voice to the experiences of mothers with chronic pain and their children, Qualitative health research, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 489-500, doi: 10.1177/1049732308315433.

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Title Dealing with chronic pain: giving voice to the experiences of mothers with chronic pain and their children
Author(s) Evans, SubhadraORCID iD for Evans, Subhadra
de Souza, Lorraine
Journal name Qualitative health research
Volume number 18
Issue number 4
Start page 489
End page 500
Total pages 12
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2008-04
ISSN 1049-7323
Keyword(s) Adult
Child of Impaired Parents
Chronic Disease
Family Health
Middle Aged
Mother-Child Relations
Pain Management
Science & Technology
Social Sciences
Information Science & Library Science
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Social Sciences, Biomedical
Social Sciences - Other Topics
Biomedical Social Sciences
Summary Despite the substantial monetary, personal, and social cost of chronic pain, research into the family life of sufferers is wanting. Parents dealing with chronic pain, as well as their children, have been particularly neglected. Using qualitative interview data from 16 mothers suffering from a variety of chronic pain conditions, and their 21 children, aged 6 to 12 years, we explored the impact of maternal chronic pain on mothers and children. Consistent with a gains-and-loss theory and the strengths perspective, the findings revealed both positive and challenging aspects of pain. Despite the presence of risks--including maternal stress, parenting difficulties, and children's distress--maternal chronic pain also provided opportunities for growth in many families. The findings suggest that maternal chronic pain can catalyze enhanced development as well as adversity. Researchers and clinicians should be aware of the pitfalls facing families dealing with chronic pain, while remaining open to the possibility that some families might flourish.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1049732308315433
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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