Social problem solving as a mediator of stress and chronic prostatitis symptomology

Psychol Health Med. 2022 Oct 20;1-5. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2022.2132410. Online ahead of print.


Social problem solving (SPS), the process by which individuals attempt to cope with stressful life problems, has previously been found to mediate the relationship between stress and disorder-related symptomatology among several medical patient populations. The present study sought to identify a similar relationship among a sample of 63 men diagnosed with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). Results found that SPS mediated the relationship between two different measures of stress and CP/CPPS symptoms. These results suggest that attempts to foster patients' SPS efficacy may help reduce CP/CPPS-related negative symptoms.

Keywords: Chronic prostatitis; social problem solving; stress.