Psychosocial adjustment and physical health of children living with maternal chronic pain

Evans, Subhadra, Keenan, Thomas R. and Shipton, Edward A. 2007, Psychosocial adjustment and physical health of children living with maternal chronic pain, Journal of paediatrics and child health, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 262-270, doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2007.01057.x.

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Title Psychosocial adjustment and physical health of children living with maternal chronic pain
Author(s) Evans, SubhadraORCID iD for Evans, Subhadra
Keenan, Thomas R.
Shipton, Edward A.
Journal name Journal of paediatrics and child health
Volume number 43
Issue number 4
Start page 262
End page 270
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2007-04
ISSN 1034-4810
Keyword(s) Adaptation, Psychological
Child of Impaired Parents
New Zealand
Surveys and Questionnaires
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
child mental health
chronic pain
maternal health
psychosocial adjustment
sex difference
Summary AIM: There is limited research examining the functioning of children living with parental chronic pain and illness. The aim of this study was to examine the psychosocial adjustment and physical health of children living with a mother experiencing chronic pain. METHODS: One-hundred and three children aged 6-12 years served as participants, with approximately equal numbers of children in maternal chronic pain (n=55) and control groups (n=48). Children completed self-reports about their internalising behaviour, health and attachment security. Mothers, fathers and teachers completed questionnaires relating to children's internalising and externalising behaviour, social behaviour and physical health. RESULTS: Reports from children, mothers and fathers indicated significantly more internalising, externalising, insecure attachment and social and health problems for children in the maternal chronic pain group compared with control children. Teachers reported decreased social skills and increased pain complaints for children in the maternal chronic pain group. Boys in the maternal chronic pain group appear to be affected more than girls. Boys reported more anxiety and insecure attachment, while mothers reported greater social problems and increased illness behaviour for boys. Characteristics of the mother's pain condition, such as, severity, length and frequency were generally unrelated to child functioning. CONCLUSIONS: The study demonstrates the importance of maternal and family variables to child outcomes. The results are discussed in terms of maternal chronic pain comprising a considerable, yet rarely studied, influence in the lives of young children.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2007.01057.x
Field of Research 111499 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine not elsewhere classified
1114 Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
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