Is childhood abuse a risk factor for chronic pain in adulthood?

  title={Is childhood abuse a risk factor for chronic pain in adulthood?},
  author={K G Raphael and Helena K. Chandler and Donald S. Ciccone},
  journal={Current pain and headache reports},
  volume={8 2},
Childhood sexual and physical abuse often are viewed as important factors in the development and persistence of chronic pain syndromes in adulthood. Nevertheless, earlier reviews on this issue have reached conflicting conclusions regarding the veracity of the relationship. In this critical review of existing research on childhood abuse and pain in adulthood, surprisingly mixed evidence is found, with significant effects found most consistently in very large cross-sectional studies that rely on… CONTINUE READING
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