Behavioral Assessment of Pain

  • Bernard Tursky
  • Larry D. Jamner
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 19)


Pain is a universal human experience; every person, with the exception of the unfortunate few that are born with congenital pain perception deficiencies (Sternbach, 1963), experiences severe pain in his/her lifetime. Bonica (1981) estimates that sixty-five million Americans suffer from chronic pain of such severity as to cause them to seek therapy by physicians and other health professionals. Given the impact that pain imposes on our lives, it is disturbing to find that the dimensions of pain have not been clearly defined and that the assessment of pain has not been standardized. Sternbach (1978) and Wolff (1978, 1980) argue that our current pain measurement techniques are inadequate, while Hendler (1981) suggests that pain is not a measurable experience.


Chronic Pain Pain Threshold Clinical Pain Behavioral Assessment Pain Tolerance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Tursky
    • 1
    • 2
  • Larry D. Jamner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceState University of New York at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyState University of New York at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA

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