Objective: We sought to illustrate that personal goals can provide a meaningful context within which to interpret physical pain and that persistent (nonclinical) pain correlates with dysfunctional goal evaluation for young adults. Design: A total of 127 college students reporting either no pain or persistent physical pain completed the Goal System Assessment Battery, a set of questionnaires designed to gauge stable and accessible representations of self-regulated goal pursuit. Results: The results supported the general contention that persons experiencing persistent pain (at subclinical levels) tend to evaluate their important life goals in a 'problematic' fashion. Specifically, the presence of persistent pain was associated with lower ratings of self-efficacy, self monitoring, self- reward, and less positive arousal. Conclusions: The pattern of goal construal produced by this young and generally healthy group of college students reflects cognitive motivational dysfunctions possibly presaging pain-schemes in later life.
- Cognitive evaluation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine