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Pain, social relationships, and school 

Pain, social relationships, and school
Pain, social relationships, and school

Paula Forgeron

and Sara King

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date: 17 September 2021

Although recurrent and chronic pain impacts the whole life of a child and or adolescent, little research has been conducted on social consequences of chronic pain for children and adolescents. Emerging research suggests that (1) peer relationships, including close friendships, of children and adolescents with chronic pain may be negatively impacted by pain and (2) social reactions from others can negatively impact the child or adolescent’s pain experience. School functioning may also be impaired as a result of chronic pain. Clinicians should understand the challenges experienced by children with chronic pain and should attend to the social and school consequences of pain when working with this population. Although little research has examined interventions to manage the effects of chronic pain on school and social functioning, researchers have identified helpful strategies that may mitigate the negative consequences to social and school functioning associated with chronic pain.

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