Korean Clinical Psychology Association
[ Original Article ]
Korean Journal of Clinical Psychology - Vol. 37, No. 4, pp.515-521
ISSN: 1229-0335 (Print) 2733-4538 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Nov 2018
Received 14 Aug 2018 Revised 25 Oct 2018 Accepted 25 Oct 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15842/kjcp.2018.37.4.005

Emotional Distress Tolerance and Pain Tolerance: The Moderating Effect of Painful Events

Jang-Won Seo
Department of Psychology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Korea

Correspondence to: Jang-Won Seo, Department of Psychology, Chonbuk National University, 567 Baekje-daero, Jeonju, Korea; E-mail: jangw.seo@gmail.com

© 2018 Korean Clinical Psychology Association


Emotional distress tolerance has been considered a lower-order dimension of distress tolerance as well as being closely related to pain tolerance. However, there is accumulating evidence that emotional distress tolerance and pain tolerance might not be associated with each other in individuals with psychological problems related to repetitive painful events. This study aimed to examine the role of painful events in the relationship between emotional distress tolerance and pain tolerance. Three hundred undergraduate students completed measures of emotional distress tolerance, pain tolerance, painful events, depression, and anxiety. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that painful events moderated the relationship between emotional distress tolerance and pain tolerance even after controlling for the effects of depression and anxiety on pain tolerance. More specifically, it was found that painful events weakened the relationship between emotional distress tolerance and pain tolerance. These findings highlight the need for further exploration of the relationship between emotional distress tolerance and pain tolerance.


distress tolerance, emotional distress tolerance, pain tolerance, painful events, moderating effect


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