Emotional intelligence impairments in women with fibromyalgia: Associations with widespread pain

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Luque-Reca, Octavio
Pulido-Martos, Manuel
Gavilán-Carrera, Blanca
Inmaculada C García-Rodríguez
McVeigh, Joseph G.
Aparicio, Virginia A.
Estévez-López, Fernando
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This study aimed at testing the differences in emotional intelligence ability between women with fibromyalgia (cases) and their age-matched counterparts not with fibromyalgia from the general population (controls) and analysing the association between emotional intelligence ability and widespread pain in women with fibromyalgia. A total of 133 cases and 77 controls participated in this cross-sectional study. Controls performed better than cases on emotion understanding. Higher emotion perception and management were significantly associated with lower widespread pain. Therefore, women with fibromyalgia may experience difficulties in understanding emotional information. In fibromyalgia, higher emotion perception and management abilities are independently related to lower widespread pain.
Adaptation (psychological) , Cognition , Intelligence , Rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease , Fibromyalgia
Luque-Reca, O., Pulido-Martos, M., Gavilán-Carrera, B., García-Rodríguez, I.C., McVeigh, J.G., Aparicio, V.A. and Estévez-López, F. (2021) ‘Emotional intelligence impairments in women with fibromyalgia: Associations with widespread pain’, Journal of Health Psychology, 26(11), pp. 1901–1912. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105319890916.
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