This study attempted to examine the relationship between Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) pain, religious coping, and depression. The Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ), RCOPE, and the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) were used to assess these constructs in 50 participants. The sample was primarily middle aged and female, which is typical of the FMS population. This study used multiple regression to make assumptions about the causal progression of the variables. Study findings show that religious coping does not appear to significantly mediate the strong relationship between FMS pain and depression. This research served to uncover potential coping irregularities in FMS patients. Future research focused on longitudinal measurement of coping and depression outcomes will most likely improve understanding of psychosocial functioning in FMS populations.
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Kendal C. Boyd
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Fibromyalgia; Adaptation, Psychological; Depression -- psychology; Religion; Spirituality.
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Bacchus, Derek O., "The Relations of Pain, Religious Coping, and Depression in Fibromyalgia Patients" (2007). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 897.
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