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Exploring the psyhological factors underlying chronic pain


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Serhatlić, Alen. (2015). Exploring the psyhological factors underlying chronic pain. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Ivanec, Dragutin].

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The purpose of this study was to examine the role of different psychological factors, specifically personality traits, pain coping strategies and health locus of control in perception of pain intensity in chronic pain patients and to determine if different coping strategies are mediators in the relation between personality traits and factors of health locus of control on one side and perceived pain intensity on the other. The study was conducted on a sample of 292 participants who suffered from chronic pain. They completed a set of questionnaires which measured personality traits (IPIP50, subscales of neuroticism and extraversion), health locus of control (MHLC), pain coping strategies (CSQ-24) and perceived pain intensity measured by The short-form McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ) and verbal rating scale. Results showed that younger participants who take pain relief medication more often and tend to catastrophize while coping with pain on average perceive higher pain intensities. Relationship between neuroticism and pain intensity measured by SF-MPQ was mediated by catastrophizing which was also mediator of relation between external health locus of control (factor powerful others) and pain intensity measured by verbal rating scale.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: chronic pain, personality, health locus of control, coping strategies
Subjects: Psychology > Kognitivna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Ivanec, Dragutin
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 11:18
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2016 11:18

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