In the current issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Berit Østerås, Hermundur Sigmundsson and Monika Haga investigates for potential gender differences in the relationship between pain and perceived stress in adolescents, and present interesting findings . Females, both adolescent and adults, report more pain, psychosocial problems and mental health problems than males. On that note some might consider females to be more vulnerable; that stress and adverse life events to a larger extent influence physical complaints in females. However, in spite of higher reports of pain and stress in females, Østerås et al. find pain to be equally related to stress in male and female adolescents.1The relationship between pain and stress in adolescents - what do we know?Adolescence may be a stressful period and several psychosocial difficulties are associated with adolescent physical complaints, including pain . The high prevalence of physical complaints in adolescents is considered to be possible manifestations of psychosocial problems . Studies in adolescents have shown a strong relationship between pain and mental health problems, primarily anxiety and depressive symptoms . Well known risk factors of mental health disorders, as stress and adverse life events , are less studied factors in relation to pain. However,
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Jul 1, 2016
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