Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

864

Date

2013

Date of Award

4-24-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Committee Chair

Frank Andrasik

Committee Member

Katherine D Veazey Morris

Committee Member

Robert Cohen

Abstract

Comorbidity rates of PTSD and chronic pain in returning veterans range between 66% and 80%. To date, only a single study conducted with Vietnam veterans years after the trauma exposure has explored the unique relations between PTSD symptoms and chronic pain. The purpose of this investigation was to examine the relation between unidimensional PTSD symptom clusters and chronic pain indices in returning OIF/OEF/OND veterans. PTSD symptom clusters did not differentiate pain positive from pain negative veterans and symptom clusters were also not related to veteran report of pain severity or pain interference. Depression, as a covariate, was related to pain interference. Findings are consistent with previous literature; however, the significant relation between depression and pain interference warrants more investigation. The implications of the results for treatment planning and provision are discussed.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

Share

COinS