Social support and experimental pain.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVE:The purpose of this experimental study was to supplement and expand on clinical research demonstrating that the provision of social support is associated with lower levels of acute pain. METHODS:Undergraduates (52 men and 49 women) performed the cold pressor task either alone or accompanied by a friend or stranger who provided active support, passive support, or interaction. Pain perception was measured on a 10-point scale. RESULTS:Participants in the active support and passive support conditions reported less pain than participants in the alone and interaction conditions, regardless of whether they were paired with a friend or stranger. CONCLUSIONS:These data suggest that the presence of an individual who provides passive or active support reduces experimental pain.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brown, JL; Sheffield, D; Leary, MR; Robinson, ME

Published Date

  • March 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 65 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 276 - 283

PubMed ID

  • 12651995

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12651995

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1534-7796

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-3174

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/01.psy.0000030388.62434.46


  • eng