Cognitive-behavioral intervention for juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome

G. A. Walco, N. T. Ilowite

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Seven girls between 8.6 and 17.7 years of age were treated for symptoms of juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome (JPFS) using cognitive-behavioral techniques (progressive muscle relaxation, guided imapery) aimed at reducing pain and facilitating sleep, as well as strategies aimed at increasing mastery over the pain and improving mood. Patients satisfying diagnostic criteria for JPFS based on the presence of chronic diffuse musculoskeletal pain lasting at least 3 months (mean = 9.4, SD = 8.28) and a minimum of 5 characteristic soft tissue trigger and/or tender points with absence of synovitis, were referred for intervention. Results indicated that in the majority of patients, such techniques were effective in reducing pain and facilitating improved functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1617-1619
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992


  • cognitive-behavioral interventions
  • juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome
  • pain treatment
  • self-regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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