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Family etiology of chronic pain


The existence of family etiology of chronic pain is at present generally accepted as valid. Some family-related features are commonly witnessed in these patients. Pain patients are often raised by indifferent or abusing parents, submitted to parental pain models and taught a somatic vocabulary to label their emotions.

They are rewarded for pain-behaviors. They communicate principally through illness, pain and complaints. Their familial status rests on the maintenance of the sick role.

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Violon, A. Family etiology of chronic pain. International Journal of Family Therapy 7, 235–246 (1985).

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  • Chronic Pain
  • Health Psychology
  • Social Issue
  • Pain Patient
  • Pain Model