The role of positive goal engagement in increased mental well-being among individuals with chronic non-cancer pain

Iddon, Joanne E, Taylor, Peter J, Unwin, Jen and Dickson, Joanne M
(2019) The role of positive goal engagement in increased mental well-being among individuals with chronic non-cancer pain. Doctor of Clinical Psychology thesis, University of Liverpool.

[img] Text
200506747_May2016.pdf - Unspecified

Download (1MB)


Individuals with chronic pain commonly report significant functional impairment and reduced quality of life. Despite this, little is known about psychological processes and mechanisms underpinning enhancements in well-being within this population. The study aimed to investigate whether (1) increased levels of pain intensity and interference were associated with lower levels of mental well-being, (2) increased positive goal engagement was associated with higher levels of mental well-being and (3) whether the relationships between pain characteristics and mental well-being were mediated by increased positive goal engagement. A total of 586 individuals with chronic pain participated in the cross-sectional, online study. Participants completed self-report measures to assess pain intensity and interference, mental well-being and goal motivation variables. Results showed that pain interference and positive goal engagement were associated with mental well-being. Moreover, the relationship between pain interference and mental well-being was partially mediated by positive goal engagement. The results provide tentative evidence for the protective role of positive goal engagement in enabling individuals with chronic pain to maintain a sense of mental well-being. The study develops the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain by examining the roles and relationships of relevant yet previously unexplored psychological constructs. The promotion of mental well-being through the enhancement of positive goal engagement is discussed, offering a platform for further research and clinical interventions.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Clinical Psychology)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chronic pain, positive psychology, positive goal engagement, well-being, structural equation modelling
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Tech, Infrastructure and Environmental Directorate
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2017 12:02
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2024 17:21
DOI: 10.17638/03003728
Related URLs:
  • dickson, J
  • Unwin, J