It Doesn't Have to Hurt

Risk and resilience in children of parents with chronic pain

Parents with chronic pain

Past studies have shown that children whose parents have chronic pain are at risk for having pain and mental health problems themselves. So far, research has not shown what predicts which of these children will have these problems. This study aimed to find out which characteristics of parents and children (e.g., personality characteristics, chronic pain information) predict which children will be at risk for these problems and what helps children avoid these problems. The study involved a parent with chronic pain and one of their children (ages 8-15 years) coming to our research centre to fill out some questionnaires and participate in a cold water activity.

We are no longer looking for new families to participate in this study. If you have completed this study and are looking for our Research Participation questionnaire:

To complete the Research Participation Survey for Children, click here

To complete the Research Participation Survey for Parents, click here

Parents with chronic pain


News and Media

CTV Housecall

October 17th, 2016

CTV News Atlantic visited our lab for a segment about Kristen's research project and also featured Karen Smith, a patient advocate for chronic pain. Click here to watch CTV's Housecall! 

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How does parents’ chronic pain affect their children?

May 6th, 2016

"Parenting is a tough job. It’s hard enough when things are going well – imagine trying to parent while experiencing chronic pain." Kristen Higgins shares her research of a recently published systematic review on parenting with chronic pain in this...

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Research Team


Kristen Higgins

Principal Investigator and Trainee

Affiliation: Dalhousie University

Dr. Christine Chambers

Co-Principal Investigator & Supervisor

Affiliation: Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo

Co-Investigator

Affiliation: Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

Dr. Alexander J. Clark

Co-Investigator

Affiliation: Dalhousie University & Nova Scotia Health Research Authority

Dr. Mary Lynch

Co-Investigator

Affiliation: Dalhousie University & Nova Scotia Health Research Authority

Dr. Natalie Rosen

Co-Investigator

Affiliation: Dalhousie University

Dr. Simon Sherry

Co-Investigator

Affiliation: Dalhousie University

Dr. Somayyeh Mohammadi

Post-doctoral Fellow

Affiliation: IWK Health Centre

Funding

IWK Health Centre
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
Dalhousie University