Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A. DiTomasso, Ph.D., ABPP

First Advisor

Stephanie Felgoise, Ph.D., ABPP, Chairperson

Second Advisor

William J. Gilhool, D.O., FACOI

Third Advisor

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