Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6A 5C2 Canadarollman@sscl.uwo.ca
Published online: 01 September 1997
The evidence favoring sex differences in pain seems compelling
(berkley). This commentary considers the role of such factors
as anxiety, somatosensory amplification, and coping style in
accounting for the differential response to pain in the laboratory and
clinic, and emphasizes the need to base evaluation and treatment upon
individual reports rather than gender-based stereotypes.