Behavioral Treatments for Pain Experienced by Older Adults

  • Patricia A. Wisocki
  • Charles B. Powers
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


In the first part of this chapter, we delineate the characteristics of a behavioral approach to the treatment of pain and then describe four different theoretical perspectives on pain which have been derived from a behavioral model. These perspectives are respondent conditioning, operant conditioning, social learning theory, and cognitive behavior therapy. Examples of treatment methods derived from each perspective are presented, along with available research evidence pertinent to that method or perspective. In the second part of the chapter, we present the research evidence comparing different behavioral treatment modalities with the pain problems of older adult patients.


Chronic Pain Cluster Headache Pain Experience Operant Conditioning Pain Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia A. Wisocki
    • 1
  • Charles B. Powers
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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