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Practitioner perceptions of peer relationships in adolescents with chronic pain. J Child Health Care 2011 Mar;15(1):50-8

Date

04/01/2011

Pubmed ID

21451010

DOI

10.1177/1367493510395640

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-79960672336   11 Citations

Abstract

Nine practitioners who specialize in the treatment of adolescents with chronic pain were interviewed on their perceptions of the adolescents' peer functioning. A qualitative analysis based on Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) was used. Practitioners generally reported a decline in the adolescents' peer functioning. However, if adolescents had good peer relationships prior to pain onset, they tended to maintain adequate functioning in the social arena while experiencing chronic pain. Practitioners noted that avoidance of peers was a strategy used by adolescents, due more to the pain than social competence issues. They also suggested that adolescents who felt comfortable disclosing pain status, likely to be consistent with good social skills, benefited from peer support. Implications for practice and research are discussed.

Author List

Fleischman KM, Hains AA, Davies WH

Author

W. Hobart Davies Professor & Chair in the Phychology department at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adolescent
Adult
Attitude of Health Personnel
Chronic Disease
Female
Humans
Interpersonal Relations
Male
Middle Aged
Pain
Peer Group
Qualitative Research
Social Behavior
Social Support