Assessing the relationship between cold pressor pain responses and dimensions of the Anxiety Sensitivity Profile in healthy men and women

Keogh, E, Barlow, C, Mounce, C and Bond, F.W (2006) 'Assessing the relationship between cold pressor pain responses and dimensions of the Anxiety Sensitivity Profile in healthy men and women.' Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 35 (4). pp. 198-206. ISSN 1650-6073

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/16506070600898330

Abstract

Anxiety sensitivity (AS) has been shown previously to be an important factor in the perception and experience of experimentally induced pain within healthy adults. The aim of the current study was to extend this research by: (i) using the Anxiety Sensitivity Profile (ASP) as an alternative measure of AS; (ii) examining whether different coping instructions affect pain reports; and (iii) investigating potential differences between men and women. Participants were 50 healthy adults (23 males, 27 females) who were required to complete 2 versions of the cold pressor pain task; one version required the use of control instructions, whereas the other made use of acceptance‐based instructions. Although the coping instructions were found to affect pain thresholds (acceptance resulted in lower thresholds), a similar pattern of correlations were found between the pain indexes and AS under both conditions. Of the ASP subscales, the gastrointestinal and cognitive concerns components were found to be the most strongly related to pain experiences. When the analysis was conducted separately for each sex, the ASP scales were related to the self‐report measures of pain in women, whereas they were related to the behavioural measures of pain in men. These results not only confirm that AS is associated with experimental pain, but that there may be sex differences in this relationship.

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The Bath Spa-affiliated co-author of this paper was Charlotte Boichat, née Mounce.

Keywords: anxiety sensitivity, pain, panic, sex differences, experimental pain, acceptance, cognitive therapy
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 10:07
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2018 10:07
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