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ERIC Number: EJ950018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0145-4455
Acceptance- versus Change-Based Pain Management: The Role of Psychological Acceptance
Blacker, Kara J.; Herbert, James D.; Forman, Evan M.; Kounios, John
Behavior Modification, v36 n1 p37-48 Jan 2012
This study compared two theoretically opposed strategies for acute pain management: an acceptance-based and a change-based approach. These two strategies were compared in a within-subjects design using the cold pressor test as an acute pain induction method. Participants completed a baseline pain tolerance assessment followed by one of the two interventions and another pain tolerance test. The alternate strategy was presented in a separate, but otherwise identical, experimental session. On average, both interventions significantly increased pain tolerance relative to baseline, with no significant difference between the two intervention conditions. Baseline psychological acceptance emerged as a significant moderator of intervention efficacy; individuals with a high level of acceptance benefited significantly more from the acceptance intervention, whereas those with a low level of acceptance benefited more from the change-based intervention. Implications for increasing the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic treatments based on individual differences are discussed. (Contains 1 note and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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