New ARCH Lab Research

ARCH Lab student, Ahmad Qadeer, recently published a paper in the Scandinavian Journal of Pain entitled, “Chronic disruptive pain in emerging adults with and without chronic health conditions and the moderating role of psychiatric disorders: Evidence from a population-based cross-sectional survey in Canada”. The paper, which included Dr. Lilly Shanahan from the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development, showed that emerging adults with chronic health conditions had nearly five times the odds of reporting pain that disruptive daily activities compared to those without chronic health conditions. Findings also showed that substance use disorder moderated this association such that emerging adults with chronic health conditions may use alcohol or illicit drugs as numbing agents to blunt their pain.