Special Issue "Psychological Flexibility and Adjustment to Chronic Pain"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).
Interests: psychology; pain management; pain assessment; chronic pain; back pain; pain research; personality inventory; structural equation modeling; LISREL
Interests: psychology; pain management; pain assessment; chronic pain; pain research; resilience; dispositional optimism
The concept of psychological flexibility unfolds through six core processes: acceptance, present-focused awareness, cognitive defusion, self-as-observer, values, and committed action. The term “psychological flexibility” probably first appeared in a paper on chronic pain in 2006. Since then, numerous studies have demonstrated the enormous heuristic power of this theoretical model, its ability to integrate fragmentary and redundant concepts, as well as its efficacy and efficiency in clinical intervention in patients with chronic pain. However, there is still a long way to go. Of its six constituent processes, the most studied have been acceptance and values-based action. However, little attention to date has been paid to the other processes in the field of chronic pain. Further tests must be conducted on the validity and utility of all the components of the flexibility model and its explanatory power within the treatment context. Moreover, the assessment tools that measure these processes need further refinement in order to avoid content overlap. Finally, research is needed to optimize the delivery of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the context of chronic pain to strengthen the maintenance of therapeutic gains. In this Special Issue, we invite researchers working in the field of chronic pain to submit high-quality empirical papers or systematic reviews related to psychological flexibility and chronic pain.
Dr. Rosa Esteve-Zarazaga
Dr. Carmen Ramírez-Maestre
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- chronic pain
- psychological flexibility
- pain acceptance
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- present-focused awareness
- cognitive defusion
- committed action