Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 105–112

Resilience: A New Paradigm for Adaptation to Chronic Pain


DOI: 10.1007/s11916-010-0095-9

Cite this article as:
Sturgeon, J.A. & Zautra, A.J. Curr Pain Headache Rep (2010) 14: 105. doi:10.1007/s11916-010-0095-9


Chronic pain is an affliction that affects a large proportion of the general population and is often accompanied by a myriad of negative emotional, cognitive, and physical effects. However, current pain adaptation paradigms do not account for the many chronic pain patients who demonstrate little or no noticeable impairment due to the effects of chronic pain. This paper offers resilience as an integrative perspective that can illuminate the traits and mechanisms underlying the sustainability of a good life and recovery from distress for individuals with chronic pain.


Chronic painResilience (psychological)Coping behaviorStress

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentArizona State UniversityTempeUSA