Skip Navigation

Behavioural problems in childhood double the risk of chronic widespread pain in adult life

10 March 2010

Bad behaviour in childhood is associated with long-term, chronic widespread pain in adult life, according to the findings of a study following nearly 20,000 people from birth in 1958 to the present day.

Chronic widespread pain is a common complaint that can have a major adverse effect on quality of life, often requiring referral to a hospital specialist for investigation and treatment. The research, published online in the journal Rheumatology today (Wednesday 10 March), found that children with severe behaviour disturbances had approximately double the risk of chronic widespread pain by the time they reached the age of 45 than children who did not have behaviour problems.

Read the full article online here.

Published in Rheumatology, Advance Access, 10 March 2010.

Read the full press release here.

In the news

BBC - 'Problem kids' risk future pain

BBC - Adult pain 'linked to child behaviour'