Migraine and emotion: a qualitative pilot study

Conroy, Kate (2004) Migraine and emotion: a qualitative pilot study. Coursework Master thesis, Victoria University.


Migraine affects 10 percent of the Australian population and may be severe in nature. To understand the subjective experience of migraine, five migraneurs were interviewed and asked to discuss the emotions associated with migraine. The negative emotional aspects associated with migraine, feeling socially supported and the belief of an external locus of control were the major themes that influenced the management and coping strategies of the participants. All experiences of migraine were negative. I suggest a greater emphasis on the emotional elements of migraine is required when educating students and practitioners about migraines, as there are strong emotional affects associated with this condition. This minor thesis was written by a post-graduate student as part of the requirements of the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) program.

Item type Thesis (Coursework Master thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/787
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Keywords migraine, emotion, locus of control, social support, Osteopathy Masters Project
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