Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 515–528 | Cite as

Effects of perceived stress on pediatric chronic pain

  • James W. Varni
  • Michael A. Rapoff
  • Stacy A. Waldron
  • Rod A. Gragg
  • Bram H. Bernstein
  • Carol B. Lindsley


The dearth of theoretically driven research on the predictors of pediatric chronic pain may unwittingly contribute to needless suffering in children and adolescents by underinvestigating a potentially treatable condition. The objective of the present study was to investigate the hypothesized predictive effects of perceived stress on pediatric chronic pain intensity in 148 children and adolescents. Consistent with thea priori Biobehavioral Model of Pediatric Pain, higher perceived stress was predictive of greater pediatric pain intensity. The results are discussed with regard to the implications for cognitive-behavioral pediatric pain treatment.

Key Words

pain children adolescents stress arthritis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James W. Varni
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Michael A. Rapoff
    • 4
  • Stacy A. Waldron
    • 5
  • Rod A. Gragg
    • 6
  • Bram H. Bernstein
    • 7
    • 8
  • Carol B. Lindsley
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego
  2. 2.School of MedicineChildren's Hospital and Health CenterSan Diego
  3. 3.Division of Hematology-OncologyChildren's Hospital and Health CenterSan Diego
  4. 4.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterLawrence
  5. 5.Willis-Knighton Center for Pain ManagementShreveport
  6. 6.Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorBrown University School of MedicineProvidence
  7. 7.Division of Rheumatology, Childrens Hospital of Los AngelesUniversity of Southern California School of MedicineLos Angeles
  8. 8.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Southern California School of MedicineLos Angeles
  9. 9.Division of Rheumatology, Department of PediatricsUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterLawrence

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