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Motivational Perspectives on Chronic Pain

Paul Karoly and Geert Crombez


This edited volume is the first to present a cohesive account of adaptation to chronic pain from a motivational perspective. Across the 15 chapters, scholars from diverse domains of psychology explore the multileveled and bidirectional nature of pain and motivation, drawing from a broad array of constructs, including self-regulation, goal systems, cognitive control, attention, conflict, interpersonal processes, coping, conditioning, and stress reactivity. Also addressed is the relation between pain and psychopathology, the nature of pain-affect dynamics, and the neural mechanisms underlying th ... More

Keywords: chronic pain, motivation, self-regulation, goal systems, clinical implications

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190627898
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190627898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Karoly, editor
Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University

Geert Crombez, editor
Professor of Health Psychology, Ghent University

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Section I Fundamental Concepts and Models

2 Neural Mechanisms Underlying Pain

Massieh Moayedi and Karen D. Davis

3 Emotion Regulation and Cognitive Control in Pain Processing

Nancy A. Hamilton, Ruth Ann Atchley, Lauren Boddy, Erik Benau, and Ronald Freche

5 Stress and Sensitization in Chronic Pain

Dieuwke S. Veldhuijzen, Henriët van Middendorp, and Andrea W. M. Evers

Section II Current Motivational Research

6 Pain and Attention

Dimitri van Ryckeghem and Geert Crombez

7 Chronic Pain and Interpersonal Processes

Sara Kindt, Liesbet Goubert, Maarten Vansteenkiste, and Tine Vervoort

8 Avoidance and Endurance in Chronic Pain

Monika I. Hasenbring and Hanne P. J. Kindermans

9 Chronic Pain, Goal Conflict and Goal Frustration

Nathalie Claes and Winifred Gebhardt

Section III Applied Considerations

12 A Motivational Perspective on Coping with Pain

Stefaan Van Damme and Geert Crombez

13 The Nature and Adaptive Implications of Pain-Affect Dynamics

Mary C. Davis, Chung Jung Mun, Dhwani Kothari, Shannon Moore, Crys Rivers, Kirti Thummala, and Giulia Weyrich

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