Sensory focusing versus distraction and pain: moderating effects of anxiety sensitivity in males and females
Thompson, Trevor, Keogh, Edmund and French, Christopher C. (2011) Sensory focusing versus distraction and pain: moderating effects of anxiety sensitivity in males and females. The Journal of Pain, 12 (8). pp. 849-858. ISSN 1526-5900Full text not available from this repository.
Although previous research has examined whether the relative effects of distraction and sensory focusing on pain are dependent upon anxiety sensitivity, such research has concentrated primarily on females. Given the increasing emergence of sex differences in pain processing, the current study aimed to examine whether any influence of anxiety sensitivity on coping effectiveness differs for males and females. The sample consisted of 76 healthy adults (41 males and 35 females), all of whom received distraction and sensory-focusing instructions and underwent noxious thermal testing (cold and heat). Results showed that anxiety sensitivity was positively associated with the emotional qualities of cold pain, and that males exhibited significantly greater heat pain tolerance than females. In addition, within males, a significant coping × anxiety sensitivity effect was found for cold tolerance, with distraction superior to sensory focusing only when anxiety sensitivity was high. In females, however, distraction was a superior strategy irrespective of anxiety sensitivity.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||attentional strategies, coping, anxiety sensitivity, sex differences, pain|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry|
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Health & Social Care|
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
|Last Modified:||10 Apr 2012 13:30|
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