Edwards, KA, Pielech, M, Hickman, J, Ashworth, J, Sowden, G and Vowles, KE (2019) The Relation of Self-Compassion to Functioning among Adults with Chronic Pain. European Journal of Pain. ISSN 1090-3801

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Previous research has shown that self‐compassion is associated with improved functioning and health outcomes among multiple chronic illnesses. However, the role of self‐compassion in chronic pain‐related functioning is understudied. The present study sought to understand the association between self‐compassion and important measures of functioning within a sample of patients with chronic pain. Treatment‐seeking individuals (N= 343 with chronic pain) that were mostly White (97.9%) and female (71%) completed a battery of assessments that included the Self‐Compassion Scale (SCS), as well as measures of pain‐related fear, depression, disability, pain acceptance, success in valued activity, and use of pain coping strategies. Cross‐sectional multiple regression analyses that controlled for age, sex, pain intensity, and pain duration, revealed that self‐compassion accounted for a significant and unique amount of variance in all measures of functioning (r2 range: .07 – .32, all p < .001). Beta weights indicated that higher self‐compassion was associated with lower pain‐related fear, depression, and disability, as well as greater pain acceptance, success in valued activities, and utilization of pain coping strategies. These findings suggest that self‐compassion may be a relevant adaptive process in those with chronic pain. Targeted interventions to improve self‐compassion in those with chronic pain may be useful.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this accepted manuscript is available online https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ejp.1429
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2019 11:52
Last Modified: 21 May 2020 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/6539

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