New research presented last week at the annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society suggests that fear avoidance behavior may contribute to greater levels of pain and disability in children with Functional Abdominal Pain (FAP).
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the University of Washington. Findings included evidence that fear and avoidance predict disability in children with FAP. In these children, more severe pain was associated with increased catastrophizing (worrying about pain while feeling helpless to do anything about it). Catastrophizing in turn was associated with believing that pain is a threat, which was then associated with increased disability and pain. Read a news story about the study here.