Chronic pain and the family: Theory-driven treatment approaches

Wendy Lewandowski, Rebecca Morris, Claire Burke Draucker, Judy Risko

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The chronic pain experience is the product of a complex interaction of many factors including biological, social, psychological, environmental, and familial. The presence of chronic pain can impact the family system with significant, negative consequences; the family may also be responsible, in part, for maintaining and perpetuating pain problems. The need to examine the family dimension of the chronic pain experience and offer family/couple therapy, should it be indicated, is vital to comprehensive pain management. Operant behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and structural family therapy approaches are advocated for such families, along with a clear need for controlled evaluations of these approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1019-1044
Number of pages26
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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