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Chronic Pain Study (Self-Compassion and Pain)

2020-03-24

Chronic Pain Study (Self-Compassion and Pain) Participants Needed

My name is Le Nguyen, a Master’s student in Health Psychology from University of Portsmouth. For my research project, I am investigating how self-compassion, pain catastrophizing and pain coping interact with each other. Moreover, I want to explore how emotional distress regulates these interactions.

Chronic Pain Study looking into self compassion and pain - Participants Needed

Self-compassion is an important factor in regulating emotions, especially for people with chronic pain, as it allows them to be kinder and less judgmental towards themselves (Wren et al., 2012). Self-compassion is also associated with higher pain acceptance (Costa & Pinto-Gouveia, 2011) and significantly reduces depression and anxiety (Hall et al., 2013; Hoge et al., 2012).

However, there is a lack of existing studies and interventions investigating the relationship between self-compassion and pain coping, despite the fact that self-compassion can be a crucial emotional regulatory strategy to promote pain coping ability in patients (Costa & Pinto-Gouveia, 2013).

Emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety, was proven to be an important variable when examining pain coping strategies as it can either inhibit or facilitate coping ability (Eccleston et al, 2004). Furthermore, pain catastrophizing is another determining factor in influencing people’s pain perception (Leung, 2012).

Chronic Pain Study - exploring the link between self-compassion and pain perceptions - Le Nguyen

Pain catastrophizing is the exaggerated and ruminating negative cognitions and emotions during perceived painful stimulation (Leung, 2012). Although there have been a few studies on pain catastrophizing in chronic pain, the majority of them measure pain catastrophizing under a subscale of a larger scale such as Coping Strategies Questionnaire (Jensen et al., 2003). Pain catastrophizing was also reported to correlate with emotional distress (Moldovan et al., 2009).

Nevertheless, this relationship needs further investigation in the chronic pain field. Due to the insufficient attention on self-compassion, pain coping, pain catastrophizing and emotional distress, this study aims to investigate the relationship between these factors in order to contribute to more effective interventions.

I am looking for volunteers aged 18 or over and have chronic pain to answer a 10-minute online questionnaire. Here is the link to my study https://portsmouthpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9vMLX6ydMW7DgBT

By participating in this project, you are helping to broaden the existing knowledge regarding these matters, which can contribute to more effective interventions in the future. Thank you for your time and if you would like further information, please contact me via UP809169@myport.ac.uk.

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Last Updated: 24/03/2020

About the Author
I'm a barrister, advocate & sufferer of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). I am also a bilateral (double) above knee amputee due to aggressive symptoms of CRPS. However I want to help all those affected by this devastating condition which includes those living with CRPS, their loved ones, families, carers and friends. Please help spread awareness of this debilitating and life-changing condition - CRPS. We need your support!

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