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(p. 15) How Pain Affects Children and Families 

(p. 15) How Pain Affects Children and Families
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(p. 15) How Pain Affects Children and Families
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Tonya M. Palermo

and Emily F. Law

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199330041.003.0002
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date: 29 June 2022

This chapter explores the different ways in which chronic pain can have an impact on children, parents, and the whole family. Information is offered on how to recognize signs of depression and anxiety in children. Sibling reactions to chronic pain are described. A list of common problems is presented to illustrate those areas where parents and families typically experience difficulties or challenges when their child has chronic pain. Three strategies that can help the whole family cope better with the stress of chronic pain are described. These include the importance of parental self-care, maintaining family routines, and obtaining social support. A practice assignment is given at the end of the chapter for choosing one parent self-care activity to implement.

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