The use of coping strategies in chronic low back pain patients: relationship to patient characteristics and current adjustment.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Cognitive and behavioral pain coping strategies were assessed by means of questionnaire in a sample of 61 chronic low back pain patients. Data analysis indicated that the questionnaire was internally reliable. While patients reported using a variety of coping strategies, certain strategies were used frequently whereas others were rarely used. Three factors: (a) Cognitive Coping and Suppression, (b) Helplessness, and (c) Diverting Attention or Praying, accounted for a large proportion of variance in questionnaire responses. These 3 factors were found to be predictive of measures of behavioral and emotional adjustment to chronic pain above and beyond what may be predicted on the basis of patient history variables (length of continuous pain, disability status, and number of pain surgeries) and the tendency of patients to somaticize. Each of the 3 coping factors was related to specific measures of adjustment to chronic pain.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rosenstiel, AK; Keefe, FJ

Published Date

  • September 1, 1983

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 33 - 44

PubMed ID

  • 6226916

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0304-3959

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0304-3959(83)90125-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States