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Acceptance of the unpleasant reality of chronic pain: effects upon attention to pain and engagement with daily activities


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Viane, I., Crombez, G., Eccleston, C., Devulder, J. and De Corte, W., 2004. Acceptance of the unpleasant reality of chronic pain: effects upon attention to pain and engagement with daily activities. Pain, 112 (3), pp. 282-288.

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Abstract

This paper investigates whether acceptance was related to less attention to pain, and to more engagement with daily activities. The results of two studies are reported. In a first cross-sectional study, 501 chronic pain patients completed self-report instruments on pain severity, attention to pain and acceptance. In a second diary study, 62 patients with chronic pain reported pain intensity, attention to pain and characteristics of goal-directed behaviour 8 times a day using an experience sampling method. Acceptance was measured using a self-report instrument. It was found that acceptance was related to less attention to pain (study 1 and study 2), more engagement with daily activities, a higher motivation to complete activities and a better efficacy to perform daily activities (study 2). Results are discussed in terms of how a positive life despite pain may be preserved by a flexible adjustment of personal goals to current limitations and adversities.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsViane, I., Crombez, G., Eccleston, C., Devulder, J. and De Corte, W.
DOI10.1016/j.pain.2004.09.008
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code6576
Additional InformationID number: ISI:000225601500008

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