Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 307–320 | Cite as

Acceptance, appraisals, and coping in relation to migraine headache: an evaluation of interrelationships using daily diary methods

  • Christine Chiros
  • William H. O’BrienEmail author


Acceptance and chronic pain is an emerging topic both for research and intervention. Initial studies have demonstrated that acceptance is correlated with higher quality of daily emotional, social, and physical functioning in chronic pain populations. The purpose of the present study was to clarify the nature of the relationship between acceptance, appraisals that are relevant to chronic pain (i.e., control and catastrophizing), and coping among migraine headache sufferers. Seventy four participants with migraine headaches completed self report measures assessing appraisal, coping strategies, acceptance, and pain related disability. Sixty three participants also completed a 28-day daily dairy assessing headache activity, catastrophizing, control, acceptance, and coping strategies. Hierarchical regression and multilevel modeling were used to examine the relations between these variables. Results indicated that higher levels of pain-related acceptance were associated with lower levels of catastrophizing and pain-related interference, and increased perceived control. Participants who endorsed higher levels of pain-related acceptance also reported engaging in a higher level of activity and indicated they used fewer coping strategies on a daily basis. Acceptance continues to show promise as a way of viewing pain that lessens the detrimental impact of certain types of thoughts (i.e., catastrophizing), and leads to increased participation in daily life.


Migraine Headache Acceptance Control Coping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMinneapolis Veteran’s Administration Medical CenterMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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