Participation in a short social learning and cognitive behavioral therapy program for children with persistent abdominal pain showed significant decreases in severity of symptoms and better pain-coping responses 12 months later, a study found. Researchers noted that parental solicitous responses to children's symptoms and maladaptive beliefs on pediatric pain were lower among parents in the therapy intervention than those who received education and support. The findings appear in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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