No pain, no gain: pain behaviour in the armed forces.

  title={No pain, no gain: pain behaviour in the armed forces.},
  author={Phil Harper},
  journal={British journal of nursing},
  volume={15 10},
  • Phil Harper
  • Published 2006 in British journal of nursing
Pain is a unique phenomenon that is difficult to express and is influenced by many different factors, including cultural expectations. A dichotomy exists within the British Armed Forces between pain being seen as necessary--the "no pain, no gain" view--and the opposite image of stoical service personnel who suppress their emotions--the "roughie-toughie" image. This dichotomy was explored through an ethnographic study of pain behaviour experienced during a training course. Pain behaviour was… CONTINUE READING

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