Editorial comment on Helen Richardson’s and Stephen Morley’s study on “Action identification and meaning in life in chronic pain”

Editorial comment on Helen Richardson’s and Stephen Morley’s study on “Action... In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Helen Richardson and Stephen Morley report on a thought provoking study investigating the utility of a new concept in the context of chronic pain called ‘action identification’ [1]. The concept of action identification is of a cognitive nature and refers to the variation in level of abstraction with which individuals prefer to describe their daily activities. The idea is that there is individual variation in the degree to which people prefer to describe their daily activities varying from concrete and void of meaning to abstract and related to meaningful life goals. The hypothesis being entertained by Richardson and Morley is that, in chronic pain patients, this level of abstraction may have been negatively influenced by pain interference and could partly explain the experience of a lack of meaningfulness in life. Their study is basic and combines the construction of a questionnaire to measure the construct, relevant to patients suffering pain, with a preliminary test of the premises of its underlying theory ‘action identification theory’. Basic relationships between the measure of action identification and pain intensity, pain interference, depression, acceptance and optimism are investigated. They find that the measure fulfilled basic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scandinavian Journal of Pain de Gruyter

Editorial comment on Helen Richardson’s and Stephen Morley’s study on “Action identification and meaning in life in chronic pain”

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Publisher
De Gruyter
Copyright
© 2015 Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain
ISSN
1877-8860
eISSN
1877-8879
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.sjpain.2015.08.001
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Abstract

In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Helen Richardson and Stephen Morley report on a thought provoking study investigating the utility of a new concept in the context of chronic pain called ‘action identification’ [1]. The concept of action identification is of a cognitive nature and refers to the variation in level of abstraction with which individuals prefer to describe their daily activities. The idea is that there is individual variation in the degree to which people prefer to describe their daily activities varying from concrete and void of meaning to abstract and related to meaningful life goals. The hypothesis being entertained by Richardson and Morley is that, in chronic pain patients, this level of abstraction may have been negatively influenced by pain interference and could partly explain the experience of a lack of meaningfulness in life. Their study is basic and combines the construction of a questionnaire to measure the construct, relevant to patients suffering pain, with a preliminary test of the premises of its underlying theory ‘action identification theory’. Basic relationships between the measure of action identification and pain intensity, pain interference, depression, acceptance and optimism are investigated. They find that the measure fulfilled basic

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Scandinavian Journal of Painde Gruyter

Published: Dec 29, 2017

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