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Title: It hurts : the relationship between mental imagery and functioning in chronic pain
Author: Potter, Louise C. A.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2007
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The present study had two primary aims: firstly to examine what relationship, if any, there is between those who describe mental images of their pain and functioning. Secondly, to examine whether conditions or acceptance would explain more of the variance in levels of reported anxiety and depression. A total of 83 chronic pain patients were recruited to complete a battery of measures (HADS, CPAQ, AQ, R+M SIP, McGill (SF), PRCS and PRSS). Included were chronic pain patients of all ages with any medical diagnosis. Excluded were those with chronic pain of a malignant nature, those not fluent in the English language and those with a psychotic illness. Significant differences were found between the group of people who had mental images of their pain and those who did not on measures of anxiety, depression and catastrophising. No mean differences were found on measures of disability and levels of reported pain. Partial correlations showed that catastrophising explained more of the variance in HADS scores than did acceptance though differences were small and this may be a facet of using two different measures of acceptance. Having mental images of pain appears to indicate much higher reported levels of anxiety and depression. Findings are discussed in light of the existing literature base. Further research is needed to investigate the links between acceptance, cognitions and reported levels of anxiety and depression.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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