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Psychosocial functioning of mothers with chronic pain: a comparison to pain-free controls

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posted on 01.12.2005, 00:00 authored by Subhadra EvansSubhadra Evans, E A Shipton, T R Keenan
This study compared the functioning of mothers experiencing chronic pain and control mothers on a range of psychosocial variables. Participants included 39 mothers with chronic pain conditions ranging from migraine and arthritis to chronic neck and back pain and 35 control mothers with out chronic pain. Analyses indicated that mothers with chronic pain experienced more physical, psychological and social difficulties when compared to controls. More difficulties were reported in completing day-to-day parenting tasks in mothers with chronic pain. Consistent with the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain, psychosocial variables accounted for approximately half of the variance in chronic pain mothers' physical functioning scores. The importance of psychological variables in the experience of chronic pain, the potential reduction in parenting efficacy and the risk that these influences hold for children are discussed.

History

Journal

European journal of pain

Volume

9

Issue

6

Pagination

683 - 690

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

1090-3801

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2005, European Federation of Chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain