Type D personality and chronic pain: Construct and concurrent validity of the DS14

Michael D. Barnett, Tracey Ledoux, Luz M. Garcini, Jeff Baker

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Abstract

A body of research has demonstrated that the Type D personality is a risk factor among cardiac patients. Previous studies validating the Type D Scale (DS14) across other clinical groups have not included chronic pain patients in their samples. The purpose of this study was to investigate the construct and concurrent validity of the DS14 using the MMPI-2. The DS14 and its two component subscales demonstrated strong internal consistency among chronic pain patients. The two subscales of the DS14 were found to be related to similar clinical scales on the MMPI-2, and significant differences were found in the MMPI-2 profiles of individuals with and without the Type D personality. Considerations for clinical practice and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-199
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 6 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chronic pain
  • DS14
  • Type D
  • Type D personality
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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