Title

The “self” in pain : the role of psychological inflexibility in chronic pain adjustment

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Publication Date

10-1-2016

Volume

39

Issue

5

First Page

908

Last Page

915

Publisher

Springer New York LLC

Keywords

Acceptance, Chronic Pain, Goal Pursuit, Psychological Inflexibility, Self-Discrepancy

Abstract

Self-discrepancy occurs when a person feels the failure to fulfill one’s hopes or responsibilities. Although self-discrepancy has been widely examined to elucidate patients’ chronic pain adjustment, the underlying mechanism is unclear. The present study proposes that the effect of self-discrepancy on pain outcomes is accounted for by psychological inflexibility, which involves the psychological processes that guide behaviors in the pursuit of goals and values. One-hundred patients with chronic pain were recruited from a public hospital. They were invited to participate in a semi-structured interview regarding their self-discrepancy and complete self-reported questionnaires regarding their psychological inflexibility and pain outcomes. The results confirmed that psychological inflexibility partly accounts for the variance observed between self-discrepancy and pain outcomes. The current study provides additional insight into the mechanism underpinning the impact of self-discrepancy on patients’ pain adjustment and offers clinical implications regarding the use of acceptance commitment therapy for chronic pain management.

DOI

10.1007/s10865-016-9750-x

Print ISSN

01607715

E-ISSN

15733521

Publisher Statement

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Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Kwok, S. S. W., Chan, E. C. C., Chen, P. P., & Lo, B. C. Y. (2016). The “self” in pain: The role of psychological inflexibility in chronic pain adjustment. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 39(5), 908-915. doi: 10.1007/s10865-016-9750-x

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