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Effect of caregiving on attentional bias to pain, pain catastrophizing, and accurate pain estimation

  • Clinical Psychology in Korea: Research and Practice
  • 2019, 5(4), pp.395-408
  • DOI : 10.15842/CPKJOURNAL.PUB.5.4.395
  • Publisher : Korean Clinical Psychology Association
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science > Clinical Psychology
  • Received : September 2, 2019
  • Accepted : November 25, 2019
  • Published : December 31, 2019

Shim Hwan-wook 1 Park Jeong Yun ORD ID 2

1경남대학교
2중앙대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This study aimed to identify the effect of caregiving on the process of perceiving pains. An experiment was conducted with 24 caregivers who hadcared for patients with painful diseases and 24 controls. The two groups are compared in terms of their attentional biases towards painful or happy faces, and they completed the pain catastrophzing scale and scored the pain intensisy of morphed faces. The experimental group showed greater bias towards painful faces than the control group. Painful faces also was greater bias compared with happy faces in the experimental group, but not in the control. Moreover, the experimental group reported higher scoreson the pain catastrophizing scale compared with the control group. No significant difference was observed between the two groups in the estimationof pain intensity. These results add to the growing weight of evidence suggesting that pain perception such as bias tendency to pain-related stimuli, is observed in caregivers.

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