Personality and the association of pain and depression

Sarah K. Calabrese, Jeffrey M. Lyness, Silvia Sörensen, Paul R. Duberstein

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Abstract

Objectives: The objectives of this study were to test the hypotheses that pain is associated with depression independent of personality and that neuroticism moderates this association. Method: Multiple regression analyses were conducted in a group of 404 older primary care patients assessed with validated measures. Results: Bodily pain was independently associated with depression. Neuroticism moderated the associations between pain and both depressive symptom severity and major depression, albeit not independent of overall medical burden; the relationships were stronger in subjects with lower neuroticism scores. Conclusions: The association of bodily pain with depression may be greater in those previously at lower risk on account of low neuroticism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-549
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Geriatrics
  • Pain
  • Personality

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