Resilience: A new paradigm for adaptation to chronic pain

John A. Sturgeon, Alex J. Zautra

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Chronic pain is an affliction that affects a large proportion of the general population and is often accompanied by a myriad of negative emotional, cognitive, and physical effects. However, current pain adaptation paradigms do not account for the many chronic pain patients who demonstrate little or no noticeable impairment due to the effects of chronic pain. This paper offers resilience as an integrative perspective that can illuminate the traits and mechanisms underlying the sustainability of a good life and recovery from distress for individuals with chronic pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-112
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Pain and Headache Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010



  • Chronic pain
  • Coping behavior
  • Resilience (psychological)
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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