Resilience and chronic pain

Ellen Wanheung Yeung, Ane Arewasikporn, Alex J. Zautra

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This paper presents a two-factor model to classify biological elements, affective and cognitive characteristics, and social determinants of successful adaptation to chronic pain. The two factors, vulnerability and resilience, identify variables that are further differentiated into stable and modifiable indicators that influence adaptation to chronic pain. Examples of stable and modifiable constructs are presented and used to examine different pathways to resilient responding. The paper concludes with implications of this Stable-Modifiable Model of Vulnerability and Resilience Processes for clinical intervention and suggestions for areas of future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-617
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 14 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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