Attachment theory and pain

Meredith, Pamela J. (2016). Attachment theory and pain. In Jonathan Hunter and Robert Maunder (Ed.), Improving patient treatment with attachment theory: a guide for primary care practitioners and specialists (pp. 55-73) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-23300-0_5

Author Meredith, Pamela J.
Title of chapter Attachment theory and pain
Title of book Improving patient treatment with attachment theory: a guide for primary care practitioners and specialists
Place of Publication Cham, Switzerland
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-23300-0_5
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9783319232997
Editor Jonathan Hunter
Robert Maunder
Chapter number 5
Start page 55
End page 73
Total pages 19
Total chapters 13
Collection year 2017
Abstract/Summary From his first conceptualisation of attachment theory, Bowlby recognised the relationship between attachment and pain, and described pain as one of the triggers of the attachment system. Over the last 10 years, attachment theory has been investigated in relation to acute and experimental pain, various painful conditions, and outcomes from pain treatment programs. It has been considered in relation to pain experienced by adults, adolescents, and children. Insecure attachment has also been conceptualised as a risk factor for the development of chronic pain in the face of acute pain experiences. Attachment theory provides a useful lens through which to view the assessment and treatment of pain, informs research, and opens the field to exciting new possibilities. In this chapter, the literature on the associations between pain and attachment will be reviewed in order to understand how an attachment framework informs our understanding, and management, of pain. Special emphasis will be given to the Attachment-Diathesis Model of Chronic Pain.
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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