Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

Eric Seemann

Committee Member

Aurora Torres

Committee Member

Jeffrey Neuschatz


Chronic pain--Psychological aspects, Chronic pain--Treatment, Affect (Psychology), Quality of life


The current study aimed to evaluate the influences of affectivity on pain belief, coping and quality of life in chronic pain patients. These relationships were tested using six separate Structural Equation Models. Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) was used to determine positive and negative affect from the Personality Assessment Inventory and the Millon Behavioral Diagnostic. EFA was also used to identify adaptive and maladaptive coping strategies from the Chronic Pain Coping Inventory. Pain attitudes were measured using the Survey of Pain Attitudes measure, and quality of life was measured using the World Health Organization Quality of Life – BREF instrument. Results found that affectivity was directly related to QOL, and that pain attitudes and coping strategies moderated or mediated several relationships.



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