Parental reactions to the pain of their child: an affective-motivational analysis

01 October 2008 → 30 September 2012
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Animal experimental and comparative psychology
    • Applied psychology
    • Clinical and counseling psychology
    • Developmental psychology and ageing
    • Human experimental psychology
    • Other psychology and cognitive sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
    • Nursing
    • Other paramedical sciences
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
health psychology empathy pain
Project description

The role of social processes in the experience of pain and disability are underinvestigated. Therefore, I want to examine the dterminants of parental behavior as a response to their child's pain. The focus will be on catastrophic thoughts of parents. From affective-motivational perspectives, I will investigate whether catastrophic thoughts result in fear reactions and behaviours aimed at reducing pain.