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Title: Levels of acceptance and perceived control in a chronic pain population : a preliminary study
Author: Gilroy, Donna J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2008
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There is a growing evidence base for acceptance and control based interventions for chronic pain. Furthermore, both higher levels of acceptance and perceived control have been consistently associated with better physical and psychological functioning and overall adjustment to pain. Yet, given this the relationship between pain acceptance and perceived control over pain has not yet been investigated explicitly. The main aim was to conduct a pilot study to examine such a relationship. A cross-sectional survey design was adopted. Thirty six patients referred to a Pain Psychology service and who met basic exclusion criteria agreed to participate. Participation involved giving consent from data contained in routinely administered questionnaires: the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire (McCracken, 2004), the Pain Control Scale from the Survey of Pain Attitudes (Jensen & Karoly, 2007) and three Perceived Control Likert-type Response Scale items (Jensen et al., 1991). Basic demographic and pain related questions were also included. Results of Pearson’s product moment correlations found significant moderate associations between perceived control, pain willingness and total acceptance scores. However, there was no significant relationship between perceived control and activity engagement. There were differences in significant findings for the Pain Control scale of the SOPA compared with the Perceived Control Likert-type Response Scale items; the latter being non-significantly correlated with acceptance measures. These data suggest perceived control and pain acceptance may co-exist and that changes in one construct may facilitate changes in the other. This has important implications for theory and clinical practice, in particular, providing some explanation for therapeutic outcomes.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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