A developmental cognitive‐biobehavioral approach to pediatric pain assessment Academic Article uri icon


  • Recent years have seen an increase in the study of pain in children. However, a comprehensive framework to help guide pediatric pain assessment has not been available. A developmental approach to facilitate cognitive-biobehavioral assessment of pediatric pain is presented and discussed. An illustrative literature review of pain assessment measures, cognitive development and conceptualizations of health and illness is provided. The developmental cognitive-biobehavioral approach is offered as a guide for future research in pediatric pain assessment.

published proceedings

  • Pain

author list (cited authors)

  • Thompson, K. L., & Varni, J. W.

citation count

  • 89

complete list of authors

  • Thompson, Karen L||Varni, James W

publication date

  • June 1986

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