A Pilot Study of Fragile Positive Emotions in Older Adults with Chronic Pain

Title: A Pilot Study of Fragile Positive Emotions in Older Adults with Chronic Pain

Investigator: Anthony Ong, PhD, Associate Professor of Human Development, College of Human Ecology at Cornell University

Overview: This study will leverage a multi-wave survey and telephone diary data to investigate the prospective links between chronic pain, positive affect regulation in the context of daily stress, and depressive symptoms in a national sample of adults. The specific aims of the proposed study are as follows: (a) To assess the impact of chronic pain on daily affect regulation; (b) To examine the prospective association between daily positive affect (PA) dysregulation and depression; and (c) To determine the extent to which disturbances in daily PA regulation mediates the association between chronic pain and subsequent depression.