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ERIC Number: EJ865719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1524-6817
Perceived Early Childhood Family Influence, Perceived Pain Self-Efficacy, and Chronic Pain Disability: An Exploratory Study
Walker, Kate R. M.; Watts, Richard E.
ADULTSPAN Journal, v8 n2 p102-113 Fall 2009
Chronic pain is an exponentially increasing issue for aging adults in the United States and has stretched the limits of technology and the ability of health care professionals to provide adequate care. Chronic pain deprives individuals of their independence, confidence, quality of life, and often their primary support groups while leaving them with depression, anxiety, and uncertainty regarding a cure or a treatment for their pain condition. When chronic pain leads to disability, individuals with such pain become dependent on others for their care. Technologies exist to treat chronic pain; however, they are often expensive, and the low success rate and expensive follow-up care make the technologies helpful for only a few individuals who experience chronic pain. This study asserts that perceived early childhood family influence has an impact on self-efficacy beliefs of individuals with chronic pain (pain self-efficacy), triggering a behavioral response (chronic pain disability). This study, therefore, examines the relationship between perceived early childhood family influence, pain self-efficacy beliefs, and pain-related disability with adult participants. The persons in the study were participants in a chronic pain program administered by a large behavioral chronic pain company in the state of Texas. The multidisciplinary program included behavioral therapy, physical modalities, and medical modalities. Results of the study show that perceived pain self-efficacy explained 37% of the variance in chronic pain disability, but perceived early childhood family influence was not a statistically significant predictor of chronic pain disability. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas