Pain: Psychological Perspectives


The recent focus on pain research has led to a dramatic advances in the psychological processes that represent and control pain, including the synthesis of sensations, feelings, and thoughts underlying pain behavior and the ontogenetic, socialization and contextual determinants of pain. This invaluable new resource presents a state-of-the-art account of the psychology of pain from leading researchers. It features contributions from clinical, social, and biopsychological perspectives, the latest theories of pain, as well as basic processes and applied issues. The book opens with an introduction to the history of pain theory and the epidemiology of pain. It then explores theoretical work, including the gate control theory/neuromatrix model, as well as biopsychosocial, cognitive/behavioral, and psychodynamic perspectives. Issues, such as the link between psychophysiological processes and consciousness and the communication of pain are examined. Pain over the life span, including child and adult pain, pain in the elderly, and ethno-cultural and individual differences are the focus of the next three chapters. The final sections of Pain: Psychological Perspectives address current clinical issues: pain assessment and acute and chronic pain interventions; the unavailability of psychological interventions for chronic pain in a number of settings, the use of self-report, and issues related to the implementation of certain biomedical interventions; and the latest ethical standards and the theories on which these standards are based. Intended for practitioners, researchers, and students involved with the study of pain in fields, such as clinical and health psychology, this new book will also appeal to professionals in related areas, such as physicians, nurses, and physiotherapists. Pain: Psychological Perspectives is ideal for advanced courses on the psychology of pain, pain management, and related courses that address this topic in detail.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Thomas Hadjistavropoulos
  • Kenneth D. Craig
  • Ronald Melzack
  • Joel Katz
  • Gordon J. G. Asmundson
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Mahwah, NJ
Publication year:
  • 2004


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