Date of Submission
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Robert A. DiTomasso, Ph.D., ABPP
Stephanie Felgoise, Ph.D., ABPP, Chairperson
William J. Gilhool, D.O., FACOI
Barbara Golden, Psy.D., ABPP
The purpose of this study is to discover the predictability of women's daily activities in relation to their irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) pain-related behaviors and coping styles. One hundred seventy-seven women participated in a national survey study using Rome II criteria. Recruitment occurred through medical and graduate students' list serves at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; IBS websites; women's healthcare websites; primary care and gastroenterology practices; churches, and a community center. This survey study was conducted face-to-face and via mail-in, using the Coping Strategies Questionnaire-Revised (Hastie, Riley III, & Fillingim, 2004; Riley III & Robinson, 1997; Riley III & Robinson, Geisser, 1999), the West Haven-Yale Multidimensional Pain Inventory (Kerns, Turk, & Rudy, 1985), the Pain Behavior Questionnaire (Phillips & Jahanshahl, 1986), and a Personal Characteristics Questionnaire (Kazdin, 1998a). Results of this investigation suggest that the active and passive coping strategies, in conjunction with the pain behaviors used, impact the IBS pain sufferers' daily activities. D102
McCleary, Jeffrey Aaron, "Irritable Bowel Syndrome Pain-related Behaviors and Pain Coping Strategies as Predictors of Women's Daily Activities" (2007). PCOM Psychology Dissertations. 99.