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January 2018

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Annmarie Cano


The current study examines the feasibility and acceptability of a six-week couple-based intervention for chronic pain, Mindful Living and Relating. The intervention draws on mindfulness, acceptance, and communication theories to focus on the well-being of both partners, relationship satisfaction, and interpersonal dynamics. Quantitative and qualitative data were analyzed to describe participants’ experiences, including surveys and thematically-coded interviews. Results indicate that the intervention is safe to implement and acceptable for its participants. It holds promise to alleviate relationship distress and depression in both partners, improve partner responsiveness, and improve pain-related symptoms for those with pain. However, recruitment was a challenge, which indicates a considerable feasibility concern for an in-person intervention for couples with pain. Future research may examine ways to implement this intervention in alternative formats, such as using an internet-based platform, in order to increase access to treatment and support couples in pain who are struggling.

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