Pain and Psychology

  • Richard C. RobinsonEmail author
  • Jeanette Chong


Pain is a complex emotional and sensory experience that is influenced by biological, psychological, and social factors. The longer pain persists, the more important the psychosocial factors become in the maintenance and aggravation of pain. This chapter describes the rationale for a biopsychosocial approach to pain, including the historical context of the biopsychosocial approach to pain and the state of the current neuroscience research involving psychological factors and pain. Furthermore, relevant psychological constructs when evaluating individuals with chronic pain are explored. Finally, a brief discussion of psychological approaches for pain and interventions based on these approaches is provided.


Chronic pain Biopsychosocial Cognitive behavioral therapy Catastrophizing Fear avoidance Kinesiophobia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Department of PsychiatryUT Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA

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