Examinations of chronic pain and affect relationships: Applications of a dynamic model of affect

Alex Zautra, Bruce Smith, Glenn Affleck, Howard Tennen

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Abstract

Two studies of the relationship between pain and negative affect are presented in this article: a study of weekly fluctuations in pain and negative affect among those with arthritis and a study of daily fluctuations in pain and negative affect for participants with fibromyalgia. The roles of positive affect and mood clarity (or the ability to distinguish between different emotions) in modifying the size of the relationship between pain and negative affect were examined in both studies as a means of testing the predictions of a dynamic model of affect regulation. In both studies, the presence of positive affect reduced the size of the relationship between pain and negative affect. Also, for arthritis participants with greater mood clarity, there was less overlap in ratings of negative and positive affective states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)786-795
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume69
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 27 2001

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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