Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15513
Title: The relationship between greater mindfulness and less subjective experience of chronic pain: Mediating functions of pain management self-efficacy and emotional intelligence
Contributor(s): Wright, Carmel (author); Schutte, Nicola  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1111/ajpy.12041
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15513
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520304 Health psychology
520302 Clinical psychology
520303 Counselling psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200201 Determinants of health
Abstract: Previous research shows a connection between greater mindfulness and less subjective experience of pain. The present study examined whether pain management self-efficacy and emotional intelligence mediate this relationship in individuals experiencing chronic pain. Two hundred participants experiencing chronic pain completed measures of mindfulness, experience of pain, pain management self-efficacy, and emotional intelligence. Greater mindfulness was associated with less subjective experience of pain, greater pain management self-efficacy, and more emotional intelligence. More pain management self-efficacy and higher emotional intelligence were associated with less subjective experience of pain. Emotional intelligence and pain management self-efficacy significantly mediated the relationship between mindfulness and pain. The connection between greater mindfulness and less subjective experience of pain may be due to mindfulness providing a foundation for emotional functioning and behavioural regulation that result in reductions in the experience of pain.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Psychology, 66(3), p. 181-186
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1742-9536
0004-9530
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Appears in Collections:Journal Article
School of Psychology

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