Coping with emotions and abuse history in women with chronic pelvic pain diagnosed as endometriosis or unexplained pain


Thomas, Ethne, Moss-Morris, Rona and Faquhar, Cindy (2006) Coping with emotions and abuse history in women with chronic pelvic pain diagnosed as endometriosis or unexplained pain. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 60, (1), 109-112. (doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2005.04.011).

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Description/Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether past abuse and the tendency to repress or suppress unwanted thoughts and emotions contribute to the experience of pain in patients with chronic pelvic pain (CPP).

Methods: A group of CPP patients without endometriosis and a group with endometriosis were compared with a pain-free control group. Participants completed measures of pain, emotional repression, suppression of unwanted thoughts and emotions, and past abuse history.

Results: Both CPP groups were more likely to be emotional suppressors when compared with the control group and reported significantly higher levels of thought suppression and abuse. Endometriosis patients were also more likely to be repressors of emotions when compared with controls. Suppression but not repression was related to higher levels of abuse and pain.

Conclusion: Suppression of unwanted thoughts and emotions and past abuse distinguishes CPP patients from healthy controls. Assisting patients to express distressing emotions may impact on pain levels.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0022-3999 (print)
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Keywords: abuse, chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, repression, supression, anger-in
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 40294
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:25
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/40294

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