Psychological Interventions for Parents of Youth with Chronic Pain: A Scoping Review

Soeun Lee, Bruce Dick, Abbie Jordan, Meghan McMurtry

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OBJECTIVE: Parents are integral to their youth’s chronic pain experiences and intervening with parents may improve parent and youth functioning. Existing systematic reviews are not specific to pain, or do not systematically report critical aspects to facilitate implementation of parent interventions in diverse settings. Thus, this scoping review aimed to map published parent interventions for pediatric chronic pain to summarize the participant and intervention characteristics, treatment components, methods, outcomes, feasibility, and acceptability, as well as identify gaps for future research. METHODS: Four databases were searched (PubMed, PsycINFO, CINAHL, and Google Scholar). Studies of any design reporting psychological interventions including parents of youth (0-18 years) with chronic pain were included. Data on study characteristics, treatment components, effectiveness, and feasibility/acceptability were extracted. RESULTS: Fifty-four studies met inclusion criteria from 9,312 unique titles. The majority were non-randomized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions delivered individually. Degree of parent participation ranged from 17-100%; average enrolment rate was 68%. Reported parent and youth outcomes were variable; 26% of studies did not include any parent-related outcomes. DISCUSSION: Parent interventions may be a helpful and feasible way to support parents and youth with chronic pain. There is variability across study characteristics, treatment content/aims, parent participation, and parent/youth outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)825-844
JournalClinical Journal of Pain
Issue number11
Early online date1 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2021


  • Parents
  • Pediatric chronic pain
  • Psychological intervention
  • Scoping review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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