Depressive Symptoms and Momentary Mood Predict Momentary Pain Among Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Jennifer E. Graham-Engeland, Matthew J. Zawadzki, Danica C. Slavish, Joshua M. Smyth

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Background: Although a relationship between mood and pain has been established cross-sectionally, little research has examined this relationship using momentary within-person data. Purpose: We examined whether baseline depressive symptoms and within-person levels of negative and positive mood predicted momentary pain among 31 individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods: Depressive symptomatology was measured at baseline. Mood and RA symptoms were self-reported via ecological momentary assessment five times a day for seven consecutive days. Analyses controlled for gender, age, weekend day, time of day, and experiences of stress. Results: Greater momentary positive mood was associated with less momentary pain and fewer arthritis-related restrictions; negative mood was associated with more restrictions. Greater depressive symptomatology also predicted more pain and restrictions, an effect which was not accounted for by mood. Conclusions: Results suggest that both depression and mood are uniquely associated with momentary pain; as such, multi-component interventions may provide optimal disease management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-23
Number of pages12
JournalAnnals of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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