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Isn’t it ironic? Beliefs about the unacceptability of emotions and emotional suppression relate to worse outcomes in fibromyalgia

Isn’t it ironic? Beliefs about the unacceptability of emotions and emotional suppression relate to worse outcomes in fibromyalgia
Isn’t it ironic? Beliefs about the unacceptability of emotions and emotional suppression relate to worse outcomes in fibromyalgia
Objective: Beliefs about the unacceptability of experiencing and expressing emotions have been found to be related to worse outcomes in people with persistent physical symptoms. The current study tested mediation models regarding emotional suppression, beliefs about emotions, support-seeking and global impact.

Method: 182 participants took part in an online questionnaire testing potential mechanisms of this relationship using mediation analysis. The model tested emotional suppression and affective distress as serial mediators of the relationship between beliefs about emotions and global impact. In parallel paths, two forms of support-seeking were tested (personal/emotional and symptom-related support-seeking) as mediators.

Results: Emotional suppression and affective distress significantly serially mediated the relationship between beliefs about emotions and global impact. Neither support-seeking variable significantly mediated this relationship.

Conclusions: Results indicate a potential mechanism through which beliefs about emotions and global impact might relate which might provide a theoretical basis for future research on treatments for fibromyalgia.
0770-3198
Bowers, Hannah
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Wroe, Abigail
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Bowers, Hannah
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Wroe, Abigail
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Bowers, Hannah, Wroe, Abigail and Pincus, Tamar (2017) Isn’t it ironic? Beliefs about the unacceptability of emotions and emotional suppression relate to worse outcomes in fibromyalgia. Clinical Rheumatology. (doi:10.1007/s10067-017-3590-0).

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Abstract

Objective: Beliefs about the unacceptability of experiencing and expressing emotions have been found to be related to worse outcomes in people with persistent physical symptoms. The current study tested mediation models regarding emotional suppression, beliefs about emotions, support-seeking and global impact.

Method: 182 participants took part in an online questionnaire testing potential mechanisms of this relationship using mediation analysis. The model tested emotional suppression and affective distress as serial mediators of the relationship between beliefs about emotions and global impact. In parallel paths, two forms of support-seeking were tested (personal/emotional and symptom-related support-seeking) as mediators.

Results: Emotional suppression and affective distress significantly serially mediated the relationship between beliefs about emotions and global impact. Neither support-seeking variable significantly mediated this relationship.

Conclusions: Results indicate a potential mechanism through which beliefs about emotions and global impact might relate which might provide a theoretical basis for future research on treatments for fibromyalgia.

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Accepted/In Press date: 21 February 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 March 2017
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 406842
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/406842
ISSN: 0770-3198
PURE UUID: d75c6e86-e0b9-41e3-a40c-a1dfc7a6fe26

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Date deposited: 24 Mar 2017 02:03
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 06:17

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