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Title: Attention to chronic pain is dependent upon pain-related fear
Authors: Crombez, Geert ×
Eccleston, Chris
Baeyens, Frank
Van Houdenhove, Boudewijn
Van Den Broeck, Anne-Lies #
Issue Date: Nov-1999
Publisher: Pergamon-elsevier science ltd
Series Title: Journal of Psychosomatic Research vol:47 issue:5 pages:403-410
Abstract: Pain interrupts, distracts, and is difficult to disengage from. In this study, the role of pain-related fear in moderating attentional interference produced by chronic pain was investigated. Forty chronic pain patients completed a list of questionnaires assessing pain severity, pain-related fear (Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia), and negative affect (Negative Emotionality scale). Attentional interference was measured by a numerical interference test. Multiple regression analysis revealed that the attentional interference was best predicted by the interaction between pain severity and pain-related fear. These results are discussed in terms of how pain-related fear creates a hypervigilance to pain.
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ISSN: 0022-3999
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Psychiatry
Centre for Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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