1 Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
Pain is one of the primary symptoms in children with arthritis (JCA) and has been shown to be a significant predictor of impaired psychosocial function. Possible modulators of pain perception in JCA children may be their use of pain coping strategies and health beliefs. Based on finding from a longitudinal study it will be discussed whether these factors can assist in understanding the different levels of pain and participation in social and physical activities, and whether it could be possible to identify and to focus interventions on the subgroup of children where the pain experience is in discordance with the disease activity.
International Journal of Psychology, 2008, Vol 43, Issue 3/4