The Role of Experiential Avoidance in Terms of Fatigue and Pain During COVID-19 Among Latinx Adults

Nubia A. Mayorga, Kara F. Manning, Lorra Garey, Andres G. Viana, Joseph W. Ditre, Michael J. Zvolensky

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Abstract

Background: Latinx persons are overrepresented in terms of 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates and constitute a subpopulation at increased risk for COVID-19 related physical ailments. Fatigue and pain are among the most prevalent somatic symptoms among the Latinx population; however, there is little understanding of individual difference factors that are related to fatigue and pain during COVID-19 among this health disparities population. Experiential avoidance (EA) reflects the persistent tendency to avoid aversive internal sensations. Methods: The current study sought to extend past work by exploring EA in relation to fatigue severity, pain intensity, and pain disability among 182 Latinx adult persons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results: Results indicated that EA accounted for a statistically significant amount of variance across the criterion variables. Conclusions: Overall, the current work provides initial empirical evidence that EA is related to greater fatigue severity and pain severity/disability among Latinx persons during COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)470-479
Number of pages10
JournalCognitive Therapy and Research
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Experiential avoidance
  • Fatigue
  • Latinx
  • Pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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