Psychology Night Research Posters and Presentations

Faculty Sponsor, if applicable

Susan T. Tran, Ph.D.

Project Abstract

Pediatric Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is an inherited chronic health condition that is characterized by joint pain, overly flexible joints, elastic skin, and easy bruising. This study was conducted to gain a greater understanding of the impact of social support on parent pain catastrophizing about their child's pain and how it relates to their child’s pain catastrophizing. The main objective is to understand if an how parent social support influences their own pain catastrophizing and how this influences their child’s pain catastrophizing. The hypothesis were; Parent social support and parent pain catastrophizing are related to child pain catastrophizing, greater parent social support is related to low child pain catastrophizing, and child social support is a predictor of child pain catastrophizing. Results indicated that there is no statistically significant relationship between parent social support, parent pain catastrophizing, and child pain catastrophizing. However, there is a significant relationship between child social support (PIML) and their pain catastrophizing. Future studies must explore factors relating to child social support that impact functional disability and pain catastrophizing.

Type of Research

Human Services Concentration, McNair Scholar


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Presentation Year

May 2019