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Human Studies

2019 Oct

Eur J Pain



The relation between parental chronic pain and pain-related attention and interpretation biases in pain-free adolescents.


Boselie JJLM, Goossens M E, Muris P, Vancleef LMG
Eur J Pain. 2019 Oct; 23(9):1663-1673.
PMID: 31231930.


Children of chronic pain patients run greater risk for developing chronic pain themselves. Exposure to chronic pain of the parent might install cognitive (e.g., pain catastrophizing, interpretation and attentional bias) and affective (e.g., pain anxiety) vulnerability which increase the risk for the development of chronic pain complaints in offspring. This study examines whether pain-free offspring of parents with chronic pain complaints make more health-threatening interpretations and display a stronger pain-related attentional bias compared to the offspring of pain-free parents. We furthermore examined differences between both groups on pain catastrophizing, pain anxiety, and somatic symptoms, and explored the relations between parental pain catastrophizing and aforementioned pain vulnerability measures in offspring.