Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 277–285 | Cite as

Nature of marital relations among chronic pain patients

  • Ranjan Roy
  • Michael R. Thomas
Article

Abstract

Fifty-two chronic pain patients and their spouses were evaluated for their marital relations utilizing the FACES III. In most areas of family functioning the couples provided evidence of difficulties and demonstrated a significant level of agreement about the nature of the problems. On the circumplex model the couples were functioning at the mid-to extreme-range. This study suggests that marital difficulties among chronic pain sufferers may indeed be pervasive.

Keywords

Chronic Pain Health Psychology Social Issue Pain Patient Chronic Pain Patient 

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© Human Sciences Press 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ranjan Roy
    • 1
  • Michael R. Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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