Pain Catastrophizing Scale

By Aug.04, 2021


A 13 item questionnaire scoring from 0 (not at all) to 4 (all the time). The scale assesses the degree to which a person has thoughts and feelings when they are experiencing pain. Higher scores indicate higher levels of pain-related anxiety. 

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Sullivan, M. J. L., Bishop, S. R., & Pivik, J. (1995). The Pain Catastrophizing Scale: Development and validation. Psychological Assessment, 7(4), 524–532.

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