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Journal of Immunology Research
Volume 2015, Article ID 238263, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/238263
Review Article

Peer Support and Psychosocial Pain Management Strategies for Children with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Health Promotion and Education Program, School of Human Services, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0068, USA

Received 30 March 2015; Accepted 25 May 2015

Academic Editor: Lingyun Sun

Copyright © 2015 Laura Nabors et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper reviews information on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) in children. Children with this chronic illness often experience pain related to their condition. They also can experience social isolation. This paper reviews psychosocial information on peer support and cognitive behavioral pain management strategies. The information presented in this paper provides new insights for health professionals assisting children and families in coping with psychological facets of this disease. Research focusing on ways by which peers and friends can support the child’s use of psychological pain management strategies will provide new information for the literature.