chapter  7
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Social Influences on Individual Differences in Responding to Pain

This chapter explores how individuals respond to pain in the context of the wider social and cultural environment. Individual differences are discussed within the framework of a model of the psychological and social factors implicated in the generation and maintenance of a chronically painful illness (Skevington, 1995). This model is described and elaborated in the light of emerging empirical evidence in the field of pain to address the question of what determines how people respond to pain.