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Pain Management

Description of the Strategy

Although pain management has been an area of interest for psychologists for some time, it was only recently that pain in children and adolescents was recognized as a legitimate medical and psychological concern. Before then, pain in children was seen as a fleeting, behaviorally reflexive event that was not fully apprehended by children due to their developmental stage and lack of cognitive understanding. It is ironic, then, that behavioral and cognitive-behavioral interventions have proven so effective in pain management in children.

Assessment

Effective pain management begins with an accurate assessment of pain. This can be problematic, as many pain episodes are infrequent or occur only under specific circumstances. However, the clinician should consider at least five areas for ...

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