What Predicts Pain Coping Style? Three studies of pain coping

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  • Introduction: “Pain coping” refers to cognitive and behavioral pain management methods. Little is known about the determinants of coping style. Objective: To investigate factors predicting coping in whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) and onset of severe neck/low back pain. Methods: In secondary analyses of three cohort studies (two of WAD and one of a general population sample), baseline factors were assessed for their predictive role in subsequent pain coping. Pain coping was assessed using the Pain Management Inventory (PMI). Baseline information included a wide range of demographic, socioeconomic and health factors. Results: Better mental health, but not physical health, predicted high active coping and low passive coping in all three studies. In WAD, higher neck pain and headache and poor recovery expectations also predicted high passive coping. Pain intensity was unrelated to active coping. Conclusions: Identifying modifiable predictors of coping can aid in developing effective intervention strategies to improve coping abilities.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Public Health Sciences
  • Specialization
    • Epidemiology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Carroll,Linda (School of Public Health)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Cassidy,David (Health Sciences)
    • Voaklander,Don (School of Public Health)