Control beliefs, coping efforts, and adjustment to chronic pain

Title

Control beliefs, coping efforts, and adjustment to chronic pain

Creator

Jensen MP; Karoly P

Publisher

Journal Of Consulting And Clinical Psychology

Date

1991

Subject

Female; Humans; Male; Pain; Pain Measurement; Chronic disease; Middle Aged; Sick Role; Internal-External Control; Adaptation; Psychological

Description

This study examined factors hypothesized to influence adaptation to chronic pain in 118 patients who were interviewed to gauge adjustment (psychological functioning, medical services utilization, and activity level) and several widely discussed predictors of adjustment. Control appraisals and the practice of ignoring pain, using coping self-statements, and increasing activities were positively related to psychological functioning. Control appraisals and the practice of diverting attention, ignoring pain, and using coping self-statements also yielded a positive relation to activity level, but only for those patients reporting relatively low levels of pain severity. None of the predictors were related to medical services utilization. Future research is needed to replicate these findings and help clarify when appraisals and coping strategies are most productive among patients with chronic pain.
1991-06

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

431-438

Issue

3

Volume

59

Citation

Jensen MP; Karoly P, “Control beliefs, coping efforts, and adjustment to chronic pain,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 3, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12170.

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