Grant Support: Supported by Jiangsu Health Science and Technology Program of China grant H200732 (Z. Jiang). The support from the Priority Academic Program Development (PAPD) of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions is also appreciated.
Mapping the central structure core in social representation of pain
Article first published online: 11 SEP 2013
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 43, Issue 9, pages 1931–1945, September 2013
How to Cite
Lin, F., He, D., Jin, Y., Tao, Y. and Jiang, Z. (2013), Mapping the central structure core in social representation of pain. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43: 1931–1945. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12135
- Issue published online: 17 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 11 SEP 2013
- Jiangsu Health Science and Technology Program of China. Grant Number: H200732
Previous evidence had revealed gender differences in perception of pain and its socialization. The present research studies gender differences by mapping the central structure core in social representation of pain. Eighty males and eighty females participated in a free evocation task for collecting cognitive elements of “pain.” By defining the elements as nodes and their co-occurrences as lines, structural characteristics of social representation are analyzed by network analysis. Females have a central structure core in their network structure of social representation of pain. In contrast, males have no such core. These results suggest gender differences in socialization processes around the concept of pain and extend practical methods for studies of the central nucleus theory of social representation.