Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors



First Advisor

Anna C. Wilson


Chronic pain -- Effect on parenting, Cognition, Parenting, Pain, Mothers -- Health and hygiene




Individuals with chronic pain commonly report problems with daily cognitive functioning. This feeling of decreased subjective cognitive functioning (SCF) can be distressing due to its impact on daily life and relationships. Children of parents with chronic pain are at an increased risk for the development of chronic pain and related impairment and it is possible that lower parental SCF could increase this risk. Specifically, mothers with lower SCF may have difficulty completing day-to-day caregiving activities as well as responding flexibly to children’s behaviors. The present study focused on examining the impact of SCF on parenting in mothers with chronic pain. We hypothesized that mothers with generalized pain would report lower SCF than mothers with localized pain and that decreased SCF in mothers with chronic pain would predict greater catastrophizing about their child’s pain, inconsistent discipline, and more guilt/worry about their pain, above and beyond pain intensity. Mothers with chronic pain participated in an optional follow-up survey task between years 1 and 2 of a larger, longitudinal study involving mothers with chronic pain and their 8-12-year-old biological child. During these tasks, mothers completed the MISCI, BPI, PCS-P, CARE, and APQ. Controlling for maternal pain severity, higher SCF was a significant predictor of decreased parent catastrophizing about child’s pain and lower guilt about the impact of pain on caregiving roles. Additionally, mothers with generalized pain reported significantly lower SCF. Greater SCF related to parenting behaviors that are generally consistent with adaptive health outcomes for offspring.


An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in University Honors and Psychology

Persistent Identifier

Available for download on Sunday, December 13, 2020