Neuroticism and pain catastrophizing aggravate response to pain in healthy adults: an experimental study

Banozić, Adriana and Miljković, Ana and Braš, Marijana and Puljak, Livia and Kolčić, Ivana and Hayward, Caroline and Polašek, Ozren (2018) Neuroticism and pain catastrophizing aggravate response to pain in healthy adults: an experimental study. The Korean Journal of Pain, 31 (1). pp. 16-26. ISSN 2005-9159

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Background: The aim of this study was to investigate the association between neuroticism, pain catastrophizing, and experimentally induced pain threshold and pain tolerance in a healthy adult sample from two regions of the country of Croatia: the island of Korcula and city of Split. ----- Methods: A total of 1,322 participants were enrolled from the Island of Korcula (n = 824) and the city of Split (n = 498). Participants completed a self-reported personality measure Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ) and pain catastrophizing questionnaire Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS), followed by a mechanical pain pressure threshold and tolerance test. We have explored the mediating role of catastrophizing in the relationship between neuroticism and pain intensity. ----- Results: The results showed that pain catastrophizing partially mediated the relationship between neuroticism and pain intensity, suggesting the importance of pain catastrophizing in increasing vulnerability to pain. The results also indicated gender-related differences, marked by the higher pain threshold and tolerance in men. ----- Conclusions: This study adds to the understanding of the complex interplay between personality and pain, by providing a better understanding of such mechanisms in healthy adults. -----

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Additional Information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Copyright ⓒ The Korean Pain Society, 2018
Departments: Katedra za psihijatriju i psihološku medicinu
Depositing User: Anja Majstorović
Status: Published
Banozić, AdrianaUNSPECIFIED
Hayward, CarolineUNSPECIFIED
Date: January 2018
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019 10:08
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 10:08
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