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Psychosocial factors and adjustment to chronic pain in spinal cord injury: Replication and cross-validation

Ivan R. Molton, PhD, et al.

This study was designed to determine whether psychological factors were related to pain problems in people with spinal cord injury (SCI). This study may be of interest to any veteran who has chronic pain as a result of SCI. We found that certain styles of coping and certain ways of thinking about pain were associated with more impairment, even after we considered the various levels of pain that persons with SCI have. Problematic psychological styles included passive coping and "catastrophizing" (always expecting the worst outcome in a situation). Further work is needed.

Volume 46 Number 1, 2009
   Pages 31 — 42

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