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Papers: 23 May 2020 - 29 May 2020


Human Studies


J Pain Res


Examining Configural, Metric, and Scalar Invariance of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale in Native American and Non-Hispanic White Adults in the Oklahoma Study of Native American Pain Risk (OK-SNAP).


Rhudy JL, Arnau RC, Huber FA, Lannon EW, Kuhn BL, Palit S, Payne MF, Sturycz CA, Hellman N, Guereca YM, Toledo TA, Shadlow JO
J Pain Res. 2020; 13:961-969.
PMID: 32440202.


Native Americans (NAs) have a higher prevalence of chronic pain than other US racial/ethnic groups, but the mechanisms contributing to this pain disparity are under-researched. Pain catastrophizing is one of the most important psychosocial predictors of negative pain outcomes, and the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) has been established as a reliable and valid measure of the pain catastrophizing construct. However, before the PCS can be used to study pain risk in NAs, it is prudent to first determine whether the established 3-factor structure of the PCS also holds true for NAs.