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Predictors of alcohol use among people experiencing chronic pain.

Lawton, Jane and Simpson, Jane (2009) Predictors of alcohol use among people experiencing chronic pain. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 14 (4). pp. 487-501. ISSN 1465-3966

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between demographic, mood, physical and coping factors, and alcohol use in people experiencing chronic pain. It was hypothesised that a combined model would be more effective in explaining the variance in alcohol use than any single block of predictors individually. The study was cross-sectional in nature. Self-report measures of demographic factors, aspects of pain and physical functioning, mood, coping strategies, alcohol use and reasons for drinking were collected from 73 participants with chronic pain. Being male, a greater affective pain experience and not using relaxation predicted alcohol use and alcohol problems. Only the level of affective pain experience predicted reasons for drinking. The results partially supported the hypothesis that a combination of demographic, pain and coping variables could best account for the variance in alcohol use in chronic pain patients. However, mood factors did not predict alcohol use. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Psychology, Health and Medicine
Additional Information: PG Intake 2004
Uncontrolled Keywords: chronic pain ; alcohol use ; coping
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 33882
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2010 11:48
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:29
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33882

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