Adolescents of parents with chronic pain whose parents were ‘shut off’ report more hardship and feelings of distance than those with a more open relationship
- School of Nursing, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA
- Correspondence to: Dr Lynn Rew, School of Nursing, The University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA;
Implications for practice and research
Social connectedness, for example having friends and other caring adults outside the family, is essential for healthy adolescent development.
Family members, including adolescents, must be included in the assessment and planning of interventions for adults with chronic pain.
Future research with larger samples and data from additional family members could further validate the concepts and processes identified in this study.
It is estimated that nearly one-third of people over 18 years of age have experienced chronic pain lasting at least 6 months.1 When chronic pain affects adults who are parents, children, particularly adolescents, may experience adjustment problems including anxiety, depression and aggression towards others.2 Adolescence is a time of vast …