Forgiveness, psychological distress and chronic pain: have we missed something?
G Dewar, ALJ Burke, H Winefield, P Strelan
What is the problem you are trying to solve?
The paper examines the case for actively considering the clinical utility of forgiveness in the assessment and treatment of CP patients
What is the hypothesis this study tested?
Trait forgiveness can predict reduced psychological distress in the presence of reported pain interference and pain severity
What was the conclusion?
Forgiveness was a significant predictor of mental distress for those experiencing CP: predicting up to 14 percent of psychological distress, after accounting for pain interference, pain severity and blame.
What is the clinical relevance of the work?
This paper demonstrated a significant contribution of forgiveness to the experience of psychological distress in the presence of CP: thereby highlighting a focus for future research.