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Attentional and interpretational biases towards pain-related stimuli in children and adolescents: A systematic review of the evidence

The paediatric fear-avoidance model of pain was based on conceptualisations of fear-avoidance and its role in the development of chronic pain in adults.1 The model 1 suggests that when youth are injured and experience pain, it is their responses to the pain that determine whether pain becomes chronic. Specifically, if youth have no fear of pain, they will gradually resume normal activity which will promote recovery. In contrast, when youth fear pain, they avoid pain-provoking activities and the avoidance promotes further disability and contributes to persistence of the pain.

Attentional and interpretational biases towards pain-related stimuli in children and adolescents: A systematic review of the evidence

Orginally Published At: Pain Journal

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