Coping strategies and laboratory pain in children with sickle cell disease

Journal Article

Studies have found that coping strategies are significant predictors of pain report, health care use, and psychosocial adjustment in children with sickle cell disease (SCD); however, the mechanisms of the relationship are not clear. In this study, 41 children with SCD completed a laboratory pain task to analyze their pain perception under standardized conditions. Sensory decision theory analyses were used to analyze the pain perception data. Children and their parents also completed measures of coping strategies and adjustment. Hierarchical regression analyses controlling for the child's age indicated that children who reported using active cognitive and behavioral coping strategies had a lower tendency to report pain during the laboratory pain task. Results are discussed in terms of the utility of using laboratory pain models with children and the need for future intervention studies to target coping strategies in children with SCD pain.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gil, KM; Edens, JL; Wilson, JJ; Raezer, LB; Kinney, TR; Schultz, WH; Daeschner, C

Published Date

  • 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 22 - 29

PubMed ID

  • 9603674

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0883-6612