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A landmark contribution to chronic pain literature, this contemporary text measures the intricate relationship between chronic pain and life transition events. Researchers and clinicians will appreciate The Changing Nature of Pain Complaints Over the Lifespan for its linking of life transition theories to health and illness. Drawing on nearly 20 years of research, the authors bring together the epidemiological and psychosocial aspects of chronic pain and suggest expanding options for pain management. Their coverage encompasses every stage of the human life cycle.
Part I: Introduction. 1. Life Transition Perspective and Chronic Pain: An Overview. Part II: Pain Issues in Adolescents and Young Adults. 2. Coping with Chronic Pain during Adolescence: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) in Perspective. 3. Common Chronic Pain Conditions in a Nonclinical Population of Young Adults. 4: Chronic Pain and Family Function in College Students. Part III: Pain Issues and Middle Age. 5. Epidemiology of Chronic Pain and Related Issues in the Middle Years. 6. Transitional Issues during the Middle Years: Stress and Strain and Chronic Pain. 7. Families of Chronic Pain Patients: Help or Hindrance? Part IV: Pain Issues and the Elderly. 8. Epidemiology of Chronic Pain in the Elderly. 9. Role of Psychopathology in Chronic Pain in the Elderly. 10. Social and Family Issues of the Elderly Chronic Pain Patient. 11. Epilogue. References. Index.