Psychological resilience predicts decreases in pain catastrophizing through positive emotions Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Catastrophization
  • Emotions
  • Pain
  • Pain Measurement
  • Resilience, Psychological
  • Stress, Psychological


  • The study used a daily process design to examine the role of psychological resilience and positive emotions in the day-to-day experience of pain catastrophizing. A sample of 95 men and women with chronic pain completed initial assessments of neuroticism, psychological resilience, and demographic data, and then completed short diaries regarding pain intensity, pain catastrophizing, and positive and negative emotions every day for 14 consecutive days. Multilevel modeling analyses indicated that independent of level of neuroticism, negative emotions, pain intensity, income, and age, high-resilient individuals reported greater positive emotions and exhibited lower day-to-day pain catastrophizing compared with low-resilient individuals. Mediation analyses revealed that psychologically resilient individuals rebound from daily pain catastrophizing through experiences of positive emotion. Implications for research on psychological resilience, pain catastrophizing, and positive emotions are discussed.

publication date

  • September 2010



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC3626095

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/a0019384

PubMed ID

  • 20853962

Additional Document Info

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  • 516

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