Int.J. Behav. Med. (2018) 25:216–222 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12529-017-9696-6 1 1 1 Carol Wang & Celia C. Y. Wong & Qian Lu Published online: 13 November 2017 International Society of Behavioral Medicine 2017 Abstract Introduction Purpose Ambivalence over emotional expression (AEE) is defined as the desire to express emotion but failing to do so. Ambivalence over emotional expression (AEE) is defined as Recent studies have revealed that AEE is associated with more having the desire to express emotion but failing to do so [1, 2]. pain. Pain is common among cancer survivors. This cross- A growing line of research has demonstrated that AEE is sectional study investigated the association between AEE linked to more pain in healthy adults, chronic pain patients, and pain, its underlying mechanism, and cultural relevance and cancer patients [1, 3–8]. Expressing emotion facilitates among cancer survivors. positive adjustment among cancer survivors [9, 10]. Porter Methods Ninety-six Chinese American breast cancer survi- and colleagues found that gastrointestinal cancer patients high vors completed a questionnaire package assessing AEE and in AEE reported higher levels of pain behaviors and lower pain. quality of life, suggesting emotional regulation as an impor- Results AEE was positively associated with pain severity and tant factor
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 13, 2017
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