There is now emerging evidence that children learn pain related behaviours from their parents early on in life. Fear of pain and avoidance have long been associated with poor pain related outcomes in children.
However it appears these beliefs and behaviours are learnt. A recent study found children’s fear of pain was closely linked to catastrophizing by their parents, as well as their parents own fear of pain (for their children). Whereas avoidance was closely linked to the parents protective behaviours. It would appear the more fearful and protective we become, the more likely our children will develop chronic pain.