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Human Studies

2020 Dec 01

Eur J Pain

A linguistic analysis of future narratives in adolescents with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and their pain-free peers.


Nimbley E, Caes L, Jones A, Fisher E, Noel M, Jordan A
Eur J Pain. 2020 Dec 01.
PMID: 33259699.


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that often develops after injury, with a typical onset in adolescence. The impact of chronic pain is far-reaching, with many adolescents reporting atypical developmental trajectories compared with peers. Social Comparison Theory offers a framework for understanding how such comparisons influence wellbeing, whereby a heightened sense of disparity places adolescents at risk of poor cognitive, affective and social outcomes. Using a novel linguistic analysis programme, this study aims to investigate cognitive, affective and social language used by adolescents with CRPS in comparison to their peers during a task reflecting on their futures.