Faculty Publications

Title

The pain catastrophizing scale: Further psychometric evaluation with adult samples

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Adult samples, Pain catastrophizing, Reliability, Validity

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Volume

23

Issue

4

First Page

351

Last Page

365

Abstract

Previous studies with undergraduates have provided support for the reliability and oblique three-factor structure of a new scale, the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS). We examined the reliability and validity of the PCS in adult community and pain outpatient samples. The PCS showed a high internal consistency in both groups. Using data from the community sample, confirmatory factor analyses showed that the PCS taps a single construct characterized by three related dimensions. Gender differences were obtained on the PCS total score in the community and the outpatient samples. The analyses also showed significant differences between the community and the outpatient samples on the PCS total and subscales. Overall, the results showed strong evidence of criterion-related, concurrent, and discriminant validity for the PCS in the community sample. Limitations of the present study are discussed.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2000

DOI of published version

10.1023/A:1005548801037

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