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

Octavio Luque-Reca, Manuel Pulido-Martos*, Blanca Gavilán-Carrera, Inmaculada C. García-Rodríguez, Joseph G. McVeigh, Virginia A. Aparicio, Fernando Estévez-López

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1901-1912
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume26
Issue number11
Early online date9 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (I+D+i DEP2010-15639, I+D+I DEP2013-40908, I+D+I PSI2015-65241-R and BES-2014-067612); the Spanish Ministry of Education (FPU15/00002); and the University of Granada, Plan Propio de Investigación 2016, Excellence actions: Units of Excellence; Unit of Excellence on Exercise and Health (UCEES). University of Jaén, Plan de Apoyo a la Investigación 2017–2019 (EI_SEJ07_2017). FE-L has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 707404. The funders of this study did not have any role in the study design, data collection and analyses, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.

Funding Information:
The authors thank all the participants for their collaboration and enthusiasm. They also thank the assistant researchers involved in this study and all the members of the Physical Activity for HEaLth Promotion (PA-HELP; CTS-1018) research group. The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (I+D+i DEP2010-15639, I+D+I DEP2013-40908, I+D+I PSI2015-65241-R and BES-2014-067612); the Spanish Ministry of Education (FPU15/00002); and the University of Granada, Plan Propio de Investigaci?n 2016, Excellence actions: Units of Excellence; Unit of Excellence on Exercise and Health (UCEES). University of Ja?n, Plan de Apoyo a la Investigaci?n 2017?2019 (EI_SEJ07_2017). FE-L has received funding from the European Union?s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie grant agreement no. 707404. The funders of this study did not have any role in the study design, data collection and analyses, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.

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