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2023 Nov 20


Eur J Pain


37985939

The role of stigma in health and functioning in chronic pain: Not just catastrophizing.

Authors

Lavefjord A, Sundström FTA, Buhrman M, McCracken LM

Abstract

People with chronic pain are frequently exposed to stigma, which is typically distressing and may lead to internal stigmatizing thoughts. The thought content associated with stigma has similarities to pain catastrophizing, although these concepts differ in that stigma is arguably more social in origin. Stigma can be measured by the Stigma Scale for Chronic Illness – 8-item version (SSCI-8). In this study, we first demonstrate the validity of this measure in Swedish. We then examine the role of stigma in the health and functioning of people with chronic pain, particularly beyond the role played by pain catastrophizing.