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Positive interpersonal relationships as strength within the context of chronic pain

Jarosch, K. (2018) Positive interpersonal relationships as strength within the context of chronic pain.

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Abstract:Aim: This study aimed to explore positive interpersonal relationships as strength within the context of chronic pain. This study examined the view, use and coping possibilities of positive interpersonal relationships as strength while experiencing chronic pain. Methods: To gain a greater insight into positive interpersonal relationships as strength within the context of chronic pain, twelve individuals from a chronic pain support group participated in this study. The researcher conducted a semi-structured interview with open-ended questions analyzed the interviews through constant comparison. Results: The participants described positive interpersonal relationships as strength through nine different aspects. For example, most participants mentioned positive relationships as positive distraction and source of positive emotions for oneself and others. Sometimes, different aspects were linked to each other. The participants reflected also various meanings of these aspects. Discussion and conclusion: The findings of this study were consistent with findings from prior studies and expanded and expanded these findings. Additionally, there were complementary aspects, like engaging in positive interpersonal relationships to relieve worse symptoms. These findings might contribute to an enhancement of health and well-being, the intensification of established positive interpersonal relationships and the forging of new positive ties with others of individuals who live with chronic pain.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77100
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