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Chronic Pelvic Pain


A sociocultural study of experiential meanings of chronic pelvic pain in women: A contribution to the development of a biocultural model for understanding the role of meanings in chronic pain.  (with Assoc Prof Victoria Grace, Canterbury University, New Zealand)

Aims of Project

To contribute to the development of a new field of sociocultural research in chronic pain through the development of a rigorous narrative method for the study of meanings of chronic pain. To understand the meanings of chronic pain that women generate in experiential narratives of Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP). To assess the role of chronic pain in women’s relationships with a social world of others and to understand what can be learnt about the role of meanings in CPP in the context of the dominant construct of pain in the biomedical model.


University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand