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People with Chronic Pain and Caregivers: Experiencing Loneliness and Coping with It

  • Ami Rokach
  • Eyal Rosenstreich
  • Silviu Brill
  • Itay Goor Aryeh
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Abstract

The present study examined the experience of loneliness and the ways of coping with its pain as utilized by people with chronic pain and caregivers. Specifically, a large sample (N = 827) recruited in two major pain clinics in Israel, completed the Loneliness and the Coping with loneliness questionnaires. Results indicated that patients had higher scores than caregivers in Emotional distress, Social inadequacy and alienation, Interpersonal isolation, and in Self-alienation. There was no significant difference between the groups in the Growth and discovery subscale. Comparing patients and caregivers on coping with loneliness, patients had higher scores than caregivers in Reflection and acceptance, and in Self-development and understanding. No significant difference between the groups was found in Social support, Distancing and denial, Religion and faith, and on Increased activity.

Keywords

Chronic pain Patients Caregivers Loneliness Coping with loneliness 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Funding

The study was NOT funded.

Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Verbal informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Walden UniversityMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Center for Academic StudiesOr YehudaIsrael
  4. 4.Department of Behavioral SciencePeres Academic CenterRehovotIsrael
  5. 5.Tel Aviv Medical CenterInstitute of Pain MedicineTel AvivIsrael
  6. 6.Sheba Medical CenterPain InstituteTel HashomerIsrael

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