Author(s): Pilowsky I, Katsikitis M
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Abstract The Illness Behaviour Questionnaire (IBQ) (Pilowsky and Spence 1983) was administered to 824 pain clinic patients over a 10-year period. Their responses to this 62-item self-report questionnaire were analysed using a numerical taxonomy programme. Of the 6 valid classes generated, 2 classes were delineated by at least 5 unique items. The main difference between these 2 classes, revealed by the item responses, was the acceptance or rejection of a psychological viewpoint. Comparison on the basis of mean IBQ scale scores indicated that, while members of both classes maintained the presence of a somatic disorder, they differed not only in their report of psychological symptoms but also by whether they showed an awareness of life problems unrelated to their physical problems.
This article was published in Pain
and referenced in Journal of Arthritis