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Schoolchildren’s experience of pain—A focus group interview study

Persson, Sara ; Warghoff, Alexandra ; Einberg, Eva Lena and Garmy, Pernilla LU (2020) In Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
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Aim: To explore the experience of pain in 10- to 12-year-old children. Methods: This interview study included students (n = 42) in grade 4-6 in focus groups (n = 10) in southern Sweden (52% girls); mean age, 11.3 years (range 10-12 years). The interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim and analysed with qualitative content analysis. Results: The analysis resulted in one theme: Pain as a unique experience for each individual, which was divided into five categories: (a) Feeling bodily pain; (b) Pain related to the school environment and schoolwork; (c) Internal pain related to sorrow and grief; (d) Pain related to conflicts and remorse; and (e) Pain can be good. Conclusion: The children made distinctions between physical pain... (More)

Aim: To explore the experience of pain in 10- to 12-year-old children. Methods: This interview study included students (n = 42) in grade 4-6 in focus groups (n = 10) in southern Sweden (52% girls); mean age, 11.3 years (range 10-12 years). The interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim and analysed with qualitative content analysis. Results: The analysis resulted in one theme: Pain as a unique experience for each individual, which was divided into five categories: (a) Feeling bodily pain; (b) Pain related to the school environment and schoolwork; (c) Internal pain related to sorrow and grief; (d) Pain related to conflicts and remorse; and (e) Pain can be good. Conclusion: The children made distinctions between physical pain and emotional pain. Bullying, noisy school environments, grief and remorse were reported to be linked with headaches, stomachache and heartache.

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experience, focus group, pain, qualitative study, school-aged children
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Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
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10.1111/apa.15493
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  author       = {Persson, Sara and Warghoff, Alexandra and Einberg, Eva Lena and Garmy, Pernilla},
  issn         = {0803-5253},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {07},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd},
  series       = {Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics},
  title        = {Schoolchildren’s experience of pain—A focus group interview study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apa.15493},
  doi          = {10.1111/apa.15493},
  year         = {2020},
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