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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Professor Wood

Reader 2

Professor Bartholomew

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are not uncommon, and they have many physical, emotional, and psychological influences throughout one’s life. Currently, there is little known about the relationship between ACEs and acute pain. It is crucial to better understand this relationship to improve provider treatment strategies and care for patients. This study aims to determine that relationship. 175 participants will be recruited from the trauma ward at Harborview Medical Center and will be assessed for depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, and acute pain perceptions, as mediated through the ability to cope with pain. A multiple regression model will be used to predict the value of the Clinically Aligned Pain Assessment Tool (CAPA), which measures acute pain perception and coping, from the known values of multiple predictor variables. If negative relationships between acute pain perceptions and depression, anxiety, or ACEs are found, there will be many important implications for treatment methods and medication administration, that could change the way pain is currently managed. Future studies may include examining the relationship between substance use and acute pain in patients with ACEs.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.