Pain-contingent interruption and resumption of work goals: A within-day diary analysis



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The Journal of Pain


Daily pain-related attributions for and negative affective reactions to the non-pursuit of work goals and individual differences in chronic pain severity and stress were used to predict work goal resumption in a sample of 131 adults with chronic pain. Variables were assessed via questionnaires and a 21-day diary. On days when participants reported non-pursuit of work goals in the afternoon, increases in pain-related attributions for goal interruption were positively associated with higher negative affective reactions which, in turn, were associated with an increased likelihood of same-day work goal resumption. Stress amplified the relation between pain-related attributions and negative affective reactions, and chronic pain severity was positively related to work goal resumption.



Chronic Pain, Work Goals, Goal Resumption, Affect, Stress


Copyright 2016 The Journal of Pain. This is a post-print version of a published paper that is available at: Recommended citation: Okun, Morris, Paul Karoly, Chung Jung Mun, and Hanjoe Kim. "Pain-Contingent Interruption and Resumption of Work Goals: A Within-Day Diary Analysis." The journal of pain: official journal of the American Pain Society 17, no. 1 (2016): 65. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2015.09.012 This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.