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The impact of parental gender, catastrophizing, and situational threat upon parental behaviour to child pain: a vignette study

Liesbet Goubert UGent, Tine Vervoort UGent, Lies De Ruddere UGent and Geert Crombez UGent (2012) EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PAIN. 16(8). p.1176-1184
abstract
Background: This study examined which parents report to be solicitous or discouraging in response to their child's pain, and when they do so. Methods: Using a vignette methodology, mothers (n = 472) and fathers (n = 271) imagined their child in pain situations varying in duration (1 day or several weeks) and cause of pain (known or unknown biomedical cause). Results: In general, fathers demonstrated similar tendencies toward solicitousness than mothers, but reported to engage more in discouraging behaviours. In line with expectations, parents who catastrophized about their child's pain reported a higher inclination to engage in solicitous behaviours. Only for fathers, high catastrophizing was also related to a higher report of discouraging behaviours. However, the effects of catastrophizing differed across situations varying in duration and cause of pain. Specifically, the effect of parental catastrophizing upon self-reported solicitous behaviours was particularly strong when imagining their child in pain with unknown biomedical cause. Further, high catastrophizing in fathers only translated in a higher inclination for discouraging responses when imagining their child in pain of short duration. Conclusions: The findings of the current study highlight the importance of parental catastrophizing in explaining parental behavioural tendencies in response to their child in pain. Further, reported behaviours were found to vary across pain situations, attesting to the importance of studying parental behaviour 'in context'.
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PRELIMINARY VALIDATION, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, MODERATING IMPACT, RESPONSES, SCALE, VERSION, ADOLESCENTS, REASSURANCE, PREDICTORS, DISABILITY
journal title
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PAIN
Eur. J. Pain
volume
16
issue
8
pages
1176 - 1184
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000307342300018
JCR category
ANESTHESIOLOGY
JCR impact factor
3.067 (2012)
JCR rank
7/29 (2012)
JCR quartile
1 (2012)
ISSN
1090-3801
DOI
10.1002/j.1532-2149.2012.00116.x
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2958556
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2958556
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2012-07-09 13:32:16
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  abstract     = {Background: This study examined which parents report to be solicitous or discouraging in response to their child's pain, and when they do so. Methods: Using a vignette methodology, mothers (n = 472) and fathers (n = 271) imagined their child in pain situations varying in duration (1 day or several weeks) and cause of pain (known or unknown biomedical cause). Results: In general, fathers demonstrated similar tendencies toward solicitousness than mothers, but reported to engage more in discouraging behaviours. In line with expectations, parents who catastrophized about their child's pain reported a higher inclination to engage in solicitous behaviours. Only for fathers, high catastrophizing was also related to a higher report of discouraging behaviours. However, the effects of catastrophizing differed across situations varying in duration and cause of pain. Specifically, the effect of parental catastrophizing upon self-reported solicitous behaviours was particularly strong when imagining their child in pain with unknown biomedical cause. Further, high catastrophizing in fathers only translated in a higher inclination for discouraging responses when imagining their child in pain of short duration. Conclusions: The findings of the current study highlight the importance of parental catastrophizing in explaining parental behavioural tendencies in response to their child in pain. Further, reported behaviours were found to vary across pain situations, attesting to the importance of studying parental behaviour 'in context'.},
  author       = {Goubert, Liesbet and Vervoort, Tine and De Ruddere, Lies and Crombez, Geert},
  issn         = {1090-3801},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PAIN},
  keyword      = {PRELIMINARY VALIDATION,EMOTIONAL DISTRESS,MODERATING IMPACT,RESPONSES,SCALE,VERSION,ADOLESCENTS,REASSURANCE,PREDICTORS,DISABILITY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {1176--1184},
  title        = {The impact of parental gender, catastrophizing, and situational threat upon parental behaviour to child pain: a vignette study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1532-2149.2012.00116.x},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Goubert, Liesbet, Tine Vervoort, Lies De Ruddere, and Geert Crombez. 2012. “The Impact of Parental Gender, Catastrophizing, and Situational Threat Upon Parental Behaviour to Child Pain: a Vignette Study.” European Journal of Pain 16 (8): 1176–1184.
APA
Goubert, Liesbet, Vervoort, T., De Ruddere, L., & Crombez, G. (2012). The impact of parental gender, catastrophizing, and situational threat upon parental behaviour to child pain: a vignette study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PAIN, 16(8), 1176–1184.
Vancouver
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Goubert L, Vervoort T, De Ruddere L, Crombez G. The impact of parental gender, catastrophizing, and situational threat upon parental behaviour to child pain: a vignette study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PAIN. 2012;16(8):1176–84.
MLA
Goubert, Liesbet, Tine Vervoort, Lies De Ruddere, et al. “The Impact of Parental Gender, Catastrophizing, and Situational Threat Upon Parental Behaviour to Child Pain: a Vignette Study.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PAIN 16.8 (2012): 1176–1184. Print.