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Psychol Bull. 2011 Nov;137(6):910-939. doi: 10.1037/a0023876.

A biopsychosocial formulation of pain communication.

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1
Department of Psychology.
2
Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia.
3
Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa.
4
Department of Psychology, Wayne State University.
5
Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University.
6
Ecole de Psychologie, Universite Laval.
7
Department of Psychology, McGill University.
8
Departement de stomatologie, Universite de Montreal.
9
Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London.

Abstract

We present a detailed framework for understanding the numerous and complicated interactions among psychological and social determinants of pain through examination of the process of pain communication. The focus is on an improved understanding of immediate dyadic transactions during painful events in the context of broader social phenomena. Fine-grain consideration of social transactions during pain leads to an appreciation of sociobehavioral events affecting both suffering persons as well as caregivers. Our examination considers knowledge from a variety of perspectives, including clinical health psychology, social and developmental processes, evolutionary psychology, communication studies, and behavioral neuroscience.

PMID:
21639605
DOI:
10.1037/a0023876
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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