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An investigation of constructions of justice and injustice in chronic pain: a Q-methodological approach

McParland, Joanna; Hezseltine, Louisa; Serpell, Michael; Eccleston, Christopher and Stenner, Paul (2011). An investigation of constructions of justice and injustice in chronic pain: a Q-methodological approach. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(6) pp. 873–883.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105310392417
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Abstract

This study used Q-methodology to explore justice-related accounts of chronic pain. Eighty participants completed the Q-sorting procedure (33 chronic pain sufferers and 47 non-pain sufferers). Analysis revealed five main factors. Three factors blame: society for poor medical and interpersonal treatment; the chronic pain sufferer for indulging in self-pity and unempathic healthcare workers for ignoring patients. A fourth factor acknowledges the unfairness of pain and encourages self-reliance. The fifth factor rejects injustice in the chronic pain discourse. Overall, there is a shared view that chronic pain brings unfair treatment, disrespect and a de-legitimization of pain. Future research ideas are suggested.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Authors
ISSN: 1359-1053
Keywords: chronic pain; injustice; justice; Q-methodology
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
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Item ID: 30129
Depositing User: Paul Stenner
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 16:18
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:22
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30129
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