Sickle cell disease pain: relation of coping strategies to adjustment.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study examines pain coping strategies in a relatively neglected pain population, sickle cell disease (SCD) patients. Seventy-nine patients diagnosed with SCD were given a structured interview to assess pain, activity level, and health care use during painful episodes. Patients also completed the SCL-90-R as an index of psychological distress and the Coping Strategies Questionnaire. Regression analyses controlled for age, sex, and disease severity measures. Results indicated that the coping strategies factors were important predictors of pain and adjustment. Individuals high on Negative Thinking and Passive Adherence had more severe pain, were less active and more distressed, and used more health care services. Individuals high on Coping Attempts were more active during painful episodes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gil, KM; Abrams, MR; Phillips, G; Keefe, FJ

Published Date

  • December 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 57 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 725 - 731

PubMed ID

  • 2600243

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-006X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037//0022-006x.57.6.725


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States