Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Anticipatory Anxiety

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_245


Anticipatory anxiety refers to the perceived dangerousness or threat-value of an impending situation or experience. In relation to experimental pain, anticipatory anxiety relates to a child's perception of the extent to which the upcoming pain stimulus may lead to harm or damage to one's physical integrity. With respect to pain, it tends to lead to hyperalgesia and to an attentional focus on pain.

 Experimental Pain in Children

 Respondent Conditioning of Chronic Pain

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