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Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 511-522

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The Pain Anxiety Symptoms Scale: Psychometric properties in a community sample

  • Augustine OsmanAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Northern Iowa
  • , Francisco X. BarriosAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Northern Iowa
  • , Joylene R. OsmanAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Northern Iowa
  • , Raelynn SchneeklothAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Northern Iowa
  • , Josh A. TroutmanAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Northern Iowa

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Abstract

This study investigated the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Pain Anxiety Symptoms Scale (PASS). The PASS assesses four components of pain-related anxiety: cognitive, fear, escapelavoidance, and physiological. Confirmatory factor analyses provided support for both the one-factor and the four-factor structures reported for samples of clinic-referred pain patients. The alpha coefficients were high for the PASS subscales. Significant gender differences were obtained on the PASS total and subscale scores. Convergent and divergent validity estimates of the PASS were also assessed. Results may be used to evaluate the responses of clinic-referred pain patients.

Key Words

pain anxiety Pain Anxiety Symptoms Scale confirmatory factor analyses