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Predicting Pain Treatment Results by Personality Variables in Organic and Functional Patients
Journal of Clinical Psychology
  • S. K. Kuperman
  • Charles J. Golden, Nova Southeastern University
  • H. G. Blume
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-1979
Keywords
  • Back Pain,
  • MMPI,
  • Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care),
  • Prognosis,
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders.
Disciplines
Peer Reviewed
1
Abstract
Recent literature has suggested that the traditional dichotomy of organic vs. functional classification for pain patients is unimportant in determining the role of personality variables in predicting treatment outcome. The present study examined the role of MMPI variables in predicting treatment outcome in pain patients with definitive physical disorders (N = 58) (organic) and in patients without definitive physical findings (N = 46) (functional). In the organic group, the presence of high Hs was associated with poor outcome, while in the functional group K scores were associated with poor outcome. Results suggested that although personality variables played an equal role in both groups, the nature of that contribution may vary in the functional and organic groups.
DOI
10.1002/1097-4679(197910)35:4<832::AID-JCLP2270350430>3.0.CO;2-W
Citation Information
S. K. Kuperman, Charles J. Golden and H. G. Blume. "Predicting Pain Treatment Results by Personality Variables in Organic and Functional Patients" Journal of Clinical Psychology Vol. 35 Iss. 4 (1979) p. 832 - 837 ISSN: 0021-9762
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/charles-golden/149/