Parent pain and Catastrophizing are associated with pain, somatic symptoms, and pain-related disability among early adolescents

Anna C. Wilson, Ashley Moss, Tonya M. Palermo, Jessica L. Fales

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Objective To examine associations between parental history of pain and catastrophizing and their adolescent's pain, somatic symptoms, catastrophizing, and disability.Participants included 178 youths aged 11-14 years recruited through public schools. Adolescents completed measures assessing pain characteristics, somatic symptoms, and pain catastrophizing. Parents reported on their own pain, and catastrophizing about their adolescent's pain.About one quarter of the adolescents and two thirds of parents reported having pain. Parent pain was associated with adolescent pain, somatic symptoms, and pain catastrophizing. Parent catastrophizing was a significant predictor of adolescent somatic symptoms and pain-related disability, beyond the contribution of parent pain. Adolescent catastrophizing mediated the association between parent catastrophizing and adolescent pain-related disability.Parent history of pain and pain-related cognitions may contribute to adolescent risk for chronic pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-426
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2014



  • adolescence
  • childhood
  • pain
  • pain catastrophizing
  • parent factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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