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Pain Med. 2004 Jun;5(2):196-201.

Female children of alcoholics and chronic back pain.

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University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, USA. epecukon@ssw.umaryland.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN:

A case-controlled retrospective design was used in the present investigation with adult women to explore the relationship between chronic and persistent back pain and a history of being raised by an alcoholic caretaker.

PARTICIPANTS:

A sample of 112 females was obtained from a large university primary care health center. Fifty-nine back pain patients served as cases, while 53 females without histories of chronic pain served as controls.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

Outcome measures consisted of a seven-question physician back pain checklist. The independent variable, being raised by an alcoholic caretaker, was measured by the Children of Alcoholics Screening Test (CAST).

RESULTS:

Chronic back pain patients scored significantly higher than the nonpain group on the CAST.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results suggest that additional research should explore and further define the relationship between a childhood history of being raised by an alcoholic parent and the development of chronic back pain as an adult.

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