Sex and gender differences in pain: A psychosocial perspective
Join us for this inaugural lecture where Professor Ed Keogh will discuss his 20 years of research investigating the factors explaining men and women’s pain.
Individual differences in pain
Pain is essential for survival, in that it signals harm and motivates protective behaviours. But pain can also become a persistent and highly disabling condition, and is viewed as a global health issue.
There are important individual differences in pain that need to be understood, explained and managed. One key difference often found is between men and women. Generally, women have a greater vulnerability to pain and painful conditions, and report more pain, more often, than men do. Whilst much research has focused on the biological mechanisms that might help explain this variation in men and women’s pain, this lecture considers the subjective nature of pain, and how we need a fundamental understanding of the psychosocial mechanisms involved.
In this lecture, Professor Ed Keogh will highlight his work spanning 20 years. He will show how his work into cognitive, emotional and behavioural factors, as well more recently, social context and interpersonal interactions, all have a role in explaining men and women’s pain.
He will argue that a psychosocial approach not only helps us better understand how pain varies, but also why it varies. A central theme will be that in order to fully understand the similarities and differences that occur around pain, a sex and gender approach is needed. I will highlight gaps in current knowledge, as well as consider implications, and future directions for research and practice.
There will be a drinks reception after the lecture in the 5 West foyer.
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