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

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Abstract

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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  • Kristianstad University
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  • Pediatrics

Keywords

  • experience, focus group, pain, qualitative study, school-aged children
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)909-913
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Volume110
Issue number3
Early online date2020 Jul 27
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes