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Exertion-Pain Anxiety

Title: Exertion-Pain Anxiety: A Cognitive-Motivational-Relational Perspective.
Name(s): Thompson, Brooke, author
Eklund, Robert C., professor directing dissertation
Panton, Lynn, university representative
Tenenbaum, Gershon, committee member
Roehrig, Alysia, committee member
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The aim of the present study was to further the conceptual understanding of exertion-pain anxiety. Specifically, the purposes were to induce exertion-pain anxiety, evaluate the effect of wait times on exertion-pain anxiety, and investigate the mechanisms of exertion-pain anxiety through the lens of Lazarus' cognitive-motivational-relational (CMR) theory (1991). Eighty-one college students (40 females, 41 males) were recruited to participate in the study. As a catalyst for exertion-pain, participants assigned to the experimental condition were exposed to a modified Wingate Test on two occasions that were separated by either 15 or 30 minutes depending upon condition assignment. Control participants engaged in a moderate cycle ride. MANOVA analyses revealed significant differences among the experimental and control conditions on pain expectations, anxiety, and pain rumination. Significant differences were not revealed between wait time conditions. Results revealed that anxiety scores increased for participants in the experimental condition from time one to time two. These findings support the notion that anxiety can be induced by exposure to a pain-inducing exercise task. In testing the three components of Lazarus' CMR theory, results indicated that pain expectations and self-efficacy, were predictors of anxiety prior to the first task. Pain expectations were the only significant predictor of anxiety prior to the second task. Coping was not a significant predictor at either time. Overall, it appears that exertion-pain anxiety may not be fully explained using Lazarus' model. Discussion concerns the utility of implementing socially based models or theories to explain responses that are physically based.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1364 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: August 2, 2010.
Keywords: Exertion-pain, Anxiety, CMR Theory
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Robert C. Eklund, Professor Directing Dissertation; Lynn Panton, University Representative; Gershon Tenenbaum, Committee Member; Alysia Roehrig, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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