Title page for ETD etd-04212012-083502

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Cross, Laura A.
URN etd-04212012-083502
Title Understanding Couples' Perceptions of the Impact of Chronic Back Pain on their Relationship
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
McCollum, Eric E. Committee Chair
Huebner, Angela J. Committee Member
Sayre, Julia B. Committee Member
  • relationships
  • couples
  • Chronic back pain
Date of Defense 2012-04-10
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While a substantial number of studies exist in the medical and mental health fields reflecting the physical and psychological implications for couples with chronic back pain, studies thus far have focused on the independent perceptions of each partner. Research investigating how couples jointly perceive the impact of chronic back pain on their relationship is absent. This qualitative study explored eight couples’ joint perceptions of how chronic back pain has impacted their relationship. Using thematic analysis, dominant themes to emerge included (1) relationship changes, (2) influential relationship factors, and (3) making sense of pain. Limitations of the study as well as future research and clinical implications are also discussed.
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