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Qualitative study
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
  1. Lynn Rew
  1. School of Nursing, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Lynn Rew, School of Nursing, The University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA; ellerew{at}

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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 …

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