When Pain Does Not Heal: The Common Antecedents and Consequences of Chronic Social and Physical Pain Academic Article uri icon


  • Researchers find that social and physical pain overlap in acute episodes. In this article, we hypothesize that social and physical pain overlap in chronic conditions as well. To support this hypothesis, we reviewed the literature and introduced the Integrated Chronic Pain Model (ICPM), which posits that chronic social and physical pain overlap in their psychological antecedents and consequences. Specifically, the ICPM proposes several common factors that play a role in the onset and maintenance of both social and physical chronic pain and indicates that both forms of pain persistently impair self-regulatory resources and threaten the same basic psychological needs. © 2014 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

author list (cited authors)

  • Riva, P., Wesselmann, E. D., Wirth, J. H., Carter-Sowell, A. R., & Williams, K. D.

citation count

  • 35

publication date

  • July 2014