Parental pain expectancy as a mediator between child expected and experienced procedure-related pain intensity during painful medical procedures


Liossi, Christina, White, Paul, Franck, Linda and Hatira, Popi (2007) Parental pain expectancy as a mediator between child expected and experienced procedure-related pain intensity during painful medical procedures. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 23, (5), 392-399. (doi:10.1097/AJP.0b013e31804ac00c).

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Description/Abstract

Objectives: the aim of this prospective investigation was to
evaluate child and parental expectancies as a predictor of pain
perception in pediatric oncology patients undergoing painful
medical procedures.

Methods: forty-five children with leukemia or non-Hodgkin
lymphoma and their parents rated expected and experienced
pain during lumbar punctures at baseline, during intervention
(ie, cognitive-behavior therapy) administered by a therapist and
when children were using cognitive-behavior therapy skills
independently.

Results: parental and child expectancies were significantly
correlated. Parents consistently expected their children to
experience more pain than children were expecting themselves.
Parental expectancy was found to mediate the relationship
between child expected and experienced pain during every phase
of the study.

Discussion: it is concluded that parental expectancies are reliable
predictors of pediatric procedure-related pain and possible
useful targets for psychologic interventions to manage such
pain.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0749-8047 (print)
Related URLs:
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 45148
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:29
Contact Email Address: cliossi@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/45148

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