Individual differences in emotional processing and reactivity to pain among older women with rheumatoid arthritis

Clin J Pain. 2007 Feb;23(2):165-72. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31802b4f58.


The purpose of the current study was to determine whether the relationship between pain and emotion may be better understood by identifying people who are more vulnerable to emotional dysregulation and those who are able to regulate emotion. Data were collected from 81 women diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. We assessed affect intensity, emotion regulation, active coping, neuroticism as well as weekly reports of pain, positive affect, and negative affect. Results indicated that the joint effects of emotion regulation and emotional intensity predicted emotional responses to pain. The current study suggests that the emotional impact of pain is related to emotional intensity which can be tempered by the ability to regulate emotion.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Affect
  • Aged
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / physiopathology*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / psychology*
  • Emotions*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Individuality*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / psychology*
  • Personality Disorders / complications
  • Psychometrics