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PAIN CAN AFFECT A PERSON'S SELF IDENTITY, STUDY FINDS

Posted by Sharon W on 10/15/03 at 09:37 (134021)

This article is found in
Pain. 2003 Sep;105(1-2):363-70.

Role loss and emotional adjustment in chronic pain.

Authors: Harris S, Morley S, Barton SB.
Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, Leeds, UK

They tested chronic pain patients on measure of pain, disability, depression, and anxiety. They also tested them for personal role and attribute loss, and current and past self-concept differentiation, and predicted their adjustment based on measures of depression.

Their conclusion was that CHRONIC PAIN CAN AFFECT A PERSON'S SENSE OF SELF, THEIR VERY SELF-IDENTITY.

According to the authors of this study, chronic pain interrupts behaviour, interferes with functioning, and may cause people to 'suffer great losses in their friendships'. The abstract reports, 'There was no evidence that depression was associated with past self-concept differentiation.'

...Makes me wonder...

Sharon
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Re: PAIN CAN AFFECT A PERSON'S SELF IDENTITY, STUDY FINDS

dave r on 10/15/03 at 11:07 (134033)

Wow Sharon, that sure is a true statement. Where did you get that statement from?

Re: PAIN CAN AFFECT A PERSON'S SELF IDENTITY, STUDY FINDS

Sharon W on 10/15/03 at 11:19 (134038)

I listed the source, Pain magazine.

Sharon
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Re: PAIN CAN AFFECT A PERSON'S SELF IDENTITY, STUDY FINDS

Sharon W on 10/15/03 at 11:24 (134040)

Here is the URL for the abstract; I (obviously) don't have a subscription to the journal, not being an anesthesiologist or a pain management specialist...

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6T0K-494SBJ9-3&_coverDate=09%2F30%2F2003&_alid=119686864&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_qd=1&_cdi=4865&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=2d4ee9f003dab5c1d5e651deb34940e6

Sharon
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