Factors affecting the psychological functioning of Australian adults with chronic pain

Viggers, Lorna C., and Caltabiano, Marie L. (2012) Factors affecting the psychological functioning of Australian adults with chronic pain. Nursing and Health Sciences, 14 (4). pp. 508-513.

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The role of resilience, for adults facing ongoing adversity in the form of chronic medical conditions, has received little attention in the past. This research investigated the impact of resilience and coping strategies on the psychological functioning of 87 Australian adults with chronic pain, using a self-report questionnaire. It included the McGill Pain Questionnaire, the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale, the Coping Strategies Questionnaire, the 36-item Short Form Health Survey, and the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale. Using hierarchical regression, after the effects of pain severity, catastrophizing, and ignoring the pain were controlled for, resilience was significantly associated with mental health-related quality of life (beta = 0.18, P < 0.05), depression (beta = -0.31, P < 0.01), and anxiety (beta = -0.20, P < 0.05). In the final model for depression, resilience had a stronger association than pain severity. Resilience did not, however, influence individual's perceptions of their physical health-related quality of life. The link between resilience and mental health-related quality of life outcomes provides initial evidence for the potential application of resilience related interventions to pain management programs.

Item ID: 24542
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1442-2018
Keywords: catastrophizing, chronic pain, coping, health-related quality of life, resilience
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2013 05:36
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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