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Personality Features in Female Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain, ISSN 1058-2452, E-ISSN 1540-7012, Vol. 17, no 2, 117-130 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives: Using the Temperament and Character Inventory [TCI], this study investigates whether differences in temperament and character exist in fibromyalgia syndrome [FMS] patients compared with healthy normal controls [HNC] of the community and whether there might be subgroups among FMS patients. Methods: This study asked 191 female patients with FMS and 652 age-matched female HNC of the community to answer the TCI questionnaire. Results: The FMS was associated with high harm avoidance, persistence, self-transcendence, and low self-directedness. Three subgroups of FMS were identified [cluster 1: N = 72; cluster 2: N = 83; and cluster 3: N = 30] based on all scales and subscales of TCI. Conclusions: Both aspects of TCI, temperament and character, are different and changed in FMS compared with HNC, mainly high harm avoidance, high persistence, low self-directedness, and high self-transcendence. The established personality patterns may affect the FMS patients' ability to cope with stress and pain in daily-life situations. In future studies it is important to also incorporate pain intensity, depression and anxiety variables, and other personality instruments when interpreting the results.

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2009. Vol. 17, no 2, 117-130 p.
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Fibromyalgia syndrome, pain, personality
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-129104DOI: 10.1080/10582450902820531ISI: 000265336100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-129104DiVA: diva2:337585
Available from: 2010-08-06 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2010-08-06Bibliographically approved

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