Assessment of pediatric pain: An empirical perspective

Donald J. Lollar, Stanley J. Smits, David L. Patterson

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The development of an instrument to measure pediatric pain perception is presented. The Pediatric Pain Inventory is a projective instrument using 24 pictures representing potentially pain-evoking situations across four settings: medical, recreational, activities of daily living, and psychosocial. Reliability and validity statistics are reported, including alpha coefficients and item-subscale correlations. In addition, correlational and nonparametric data are presented relating to age differences, adult vs. child pain perceptions, and parental identification. Several potential uses of the instrument are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-277
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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