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2020 Oct 29

J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci

Chronic Pain and Friendship among Middle-Aged and Older U.S. Adults.


Yang Y, Grol-Prokopczyk H
J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2020 Oct 29.
PMID: 33119081.


This study examines how chronic pain affects friendship in later life. We test whether onset of pain leads to social network activation, as suggested by research on other health conditions (Latham- Mintus, Forth.), or whether pain-an unverifiable and often stigmatizing condition-functions as a "threat to the social self" (Karos et al., 2018).