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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

First Advisor

Martin Gipson


The study attempted to reduce endometriotic dysmenorrhea through the adaptation of Longo, Clum, and Yaeger's psychosocial treatment regimen for genital herpes symptoms. Thirteen women were assigned to the psychosocial treatment group or a social support control group and followed through 6 weeks each of baseline, intervention, and follow-up. Treatment consisted of training in respiratory relief therapy and suggestive imagery, provision of information about endometriosis, and group discussions of maladaptive and adaptive adjustments, emotional aspects, and sexual intercourse. The social support control group received the same with the exception of respiratory relief therapy and suggestive imagery. A MANOVA of the pre-post-follow-up data for aggregate pain, aggregate distress, aggregate negative affect and hassles measures yielded equivocal results. Data from participants with reported pain above the mean were analyzed separately. Results partially replicated Longo, Clum, and Yaeger's findings, with an important reduction from pre to post and follow-up scores in aggregate pain for the psychosocial but not the social support group. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.)



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