Trait anger predicts arthritic health status

Coates, P. D. and Pretty, Grace (2003) Trait anger predicts arthritic health status. In: 38th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2003, 2-5 Oct 2003, Perth, WA.


Depression and anxiety are the forms of negative affect most often mentioned in chronic pain research. However a substantial association has been found between anger and chronic pain. This exploratory correlational study follows research that has identified significant levels of hostility in rheumatoid arthritis sufferers (e.g., AchterbergLawlis, 1982), and studies that have associated suppressed anger with pain intensity (e.g., Kerns, Rosenberg, & Jacob, 1994). The association between Trait-anger and arthritic health status is examined in 28 male and 64 female arthritis sufferers, using the Arthritis Impact Measurement Scale (AIMS; Meenan, Gertman, & Mason, 1980), and the State Trait Anger Expression Inventory — Version 2 (STAXI-2; Spielberger, 1999) to measure arthritic health status and anger respectively. A bivariate correlational analysis shows a significant association between overall arthritic health status and both Trait-Anger and Anger Expression-Out. Standard multiple regression shows that Trait-Anger is moderately successful in predicting overall arthritic health status. Contrary to previous findings, Anger-Out rather than Anger-In is most strongly associated with arthritic health status. Implications for practice and research are discussed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 04 May 2010 11:07
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2022 05:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: personality; mental health; arthritis; Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520399 Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920203 Diagnostic Methods
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

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