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Adolescent experiences in an intensive interdisciplinary pediatric chronic pain rehabilitation program
Risko, Judy Lynn

2018, PHD, Kent State University, College of Nursing.
Children and adolescents worldwide experience pediatric chronic non-cancer pain (PCNCP) significant enough to contribute to functional disability and negatively impact family functioning, mental health, school attendance, social activities, and sleep patterns. For some youth, an intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment (IIPT) approach is recommended to address the multifactorial complexity inherent with this condition. While these programs demonstrate a strong evidence base and are supported by experts, research is lacking to explain why such effectiveness is demonstrated or how this change occurs. A study utilizing Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) methodology was conducted to better understand and communicate the perspectives of adolescents currently enrolled in an IIPT program. Six participants, ages 14 to 17, were interviewed. One overarching theme, leap of faith, emerged during data analysis, along with four subthemes, living miserably on the edge, diving in, buried treasure, and charting new waters. This study leads to a fuller understanding of how adolescents perceive, make sense of, and ascribe meaning to their experiences while engaged in an IIPT program for PCNCP and serves as a foundation for future research exploring mechanisms of therapeutic change in this population.
Wendy Umberger (Committee Chair)
Richard Adams (Committee Member)
Gerard Banez (Committee Member)
Lori Kidd (Committee Member)
Kiersten Latham (Committee Member)
Pamela Stephenson (Committee Member)
123 p.

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