A thematic analysis of attributions to others for the origins and ongoing nature of pain in community pain sufferers

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Abstract

Research suggests that pain sufferers can attribute their pain to others. However, this work is scarce, lacking in detail and does not focus on any particular time during the pain experience. To understand how these attributions operate in pain, this study sought to examine as an exclusive focus the types, context of, and rationale for attributions made to others for the origins and ongoing nature of pain. A community pain sample was voluntarily recruited into the study to gain a comprehensive understanding of these attributions and minimise potential group-specific bias. Sixty-two participants were interviewed using semi-structured questions about cause, responsibility and blame for pain. Data were analysed using a thematic analysis. Attributions to others emerged across interview questions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-620
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology, Health and Medicine
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2008

Keywords

  • community pain
  • nature of pain
  • pain attribution
  • psychology

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