Maladjusted Social Behavior in Children Predicts Future Chronic Wide Spread Pain

Children with behavioral disturbances are more likely to develop chronic wide spread pain as adults, according to a study to be featured in Rheumatology.

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Rheumatology

Children with behavioral disturbances are more likely to develop chronic wide spread painas adults, according to a study featured in .

The research focused on a prospective cohort study (the 1958 British Birth Cohort), which followed a group of participants enrolled at birth in1958 throughout childhood and adulthood.

Parents and teachers helped collect data for the study regarding the children’s behavior. Data on pain was collected from the participants themselves at age 45 through self-completion questionnaires.

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Researchers took into account gender, social class in childhood and adulthood, childhood common symptoms and adult psychological distress.

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There was an increased likelihood of reporting CWP at age 45 with every unit increase in teacher-reported behavior score at ages 16, 11and 7. Children with scores indicating severe behavior disturbances at age 11 and 16 also had an increased likelihood of reporting CWP in adulthood.