Chronic Pain and Family

A Clinical Perspective

  • Ranjan Roy

About this book


Chronic pain affects every facet of a patient’s life, and nowhere is this more evident than in the complex arena of family life. Chronic Pain and Family: a Clinical Perspective examines typical family issues associated with prolonged illness, offering realistic ways to approach them in therapy.

Informed by current practice and his own experience, noted author/clinician Ranjan Roy brings fresh insights to common pain scenarios and therapeutic impasses, and provides a framework for assessing marital and family relationships when chronic pain is a defining factor. Clinicians will get not only a clearer understanding of sensitive issues, but also effective strategies for engaging clients without turning them off.

Coverage includes:

  • Meanings of pain in relationships
  • "Who Does What?": exploring changes in family roles
  • Resistance to treatment: why it occurs and how to work through it
  • Health concerns and other burdens on well spouses and children
  • Sexuality, domestic abuse, and other "silent" issues
  • Case examples demonstrating therapy step-by-step with a range of couples and families

For therapists and social workers who deal with this growing population of patients, Chronic Pain and Family: A Clinical Perspective stands at a unique intersection of pain/disability and family resources. Roy’s recognition of the family’s changing demographics together with his synthesis of clinical knowledge make the book suitable for graduate-level courses as well.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Ranjan Roy
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Social WorkUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-29648-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-29649-4
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