Title: Mothers' and fathers' responses to their child's pain moderate the relationship between the child's pain catastrophizing and disability
Authors: Vervoort, T ×
Huguet, A
Verhoeven, Katrien #
Goubert, L #
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Elsevier/North-Holland
Series Title: Pain vol:152 issue:4 pages:786-793
Abstract: Preliminary evidence suggests that pain catastrophizing in children may be important in understanding
how parents respond to their child’s pain. However, no study has investigated whether parental responses,
in turn, moderate the impact of child’s catastrophizing upon pain outcomes. The present study was
designed to address this, and investigated the association of the child’s catastrophizing with different types
of parental responses (ie, solicitousness, discouragement and coping promoting responses) and the extent
to which parental responses moderate the association between the child’s catastrophizing and disability.
Participants were 386 school children and their parents. Analyses revealed significant associations between
the child’s pain catastrophizing and parental responses, but with mothers and fathers evidencing different
patterns; ie, higher levels of the child’s catastrophizing were significantly associated with lower levels of
solicitousness by fathers, and with higher levels of discouragement by mothers. Moderation analyses indicated
that father’s solicitiousness moderated the association between catastrophizing and disability; the
positive association between catastrophizing and the child’s disability was further strengthened when
fathers reported low levels of solicitousness, but became less pronounced when fathers reported high levels
of solicitousness. Findings also revealed a moderating impact of mothers’ and fathers’ promotion of their
child’s well behaviour/coping. Specifically, the detrimental impact of child catastrophizing upon disability
was less pronounced when parents reported high promotion of their child’s well behaviours/coping. The
findings of the present study suggest the importance of assessing and targeting parental responses to their
child’s pain to alter the adverse impact of the child’s pain catastrophizing on pain outcomes.
ISSN: 0304-3959
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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