Prescription pain medication use among midlife and older adults with chronic pain: The roles of generativity and perceived family support.

Nguyen P. Nguyen, Shin Ye Kim, Jacob Daheim, Ashley Neduvelil

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Abstract

Introduction: This study examined the roles of generativity (i.e., the need to care for and contribute to future generations) and perceived family support in prescription pain medication use among midlife and older adults with chronic pain. Methods: The sample consisted of 826 participants with chronic pain from the Midlife in the United States data set (Midlife in the United States III, 2013–2014). Results: The results of a moderated mediation analysis indicated that generativity significantly mitigated the negative association between pain interference and perceived family support, and those with high generativity reported consuming more prescription pain medications at all levels of pain interference. Discussion: The findings indicated the protective roles of generativity in attenuating the detrimental effects of chronic pain on family support and suggested the potential roles of perceived family support and generativity in medication adherence among midlife and older adults with chronic pain. Public Significance Statement: The present study suggests that having a supportive family helps midlife and older adults with chronic pain become more adherent to their prescription pain medication treatments. The findings also suggest that engaging in socially productive activities may help adults with chronic pain receive more support from their families, which, in turn, could reduce their risks of not adhering to pain medication treatments. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)

Original languageEnglish
JournalFamilies, Systems and Health
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • chronic pain
  • family support
  • generativity
  • midlife
  • prescribed pain medication

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