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Papers: 21 Jan 2023 - 3 Feb 2023


PLoS One



The role of dispositional mindfulness in the fear-avoidance model of pain.


Wilson JM, Haliwa I, Lee J, Shook NJ
PLoS One. 2023; 18(1):e0280740.
PMID: 36706069.


The fear-avoidance model of pain posits that a painful stimulus is interpreted through pain catastrophizing, which leads to negative downstream cognitions, emotions, and behaviors that shape the experience of pain. As dispositional mindfulness is associated with less catastrophizing and pain, some researchers have suggested incorporating mindfulness into the fear-avoidance model. Across two studies, we empirically tested dispositional mindfulness as a stand-alone component within the fear-avoidance model of pain.