This study aimed at testing the differences in emotional intelligence ability between women with fibromyalgia (cases) and their age-matched counterparts not with fibromyalgia from the general population (controls) and analysing the association between emotional intelligence ability and widespread pain in women with fibromyalgia. A total of 133 cases and 77 controls participated in this cross-sectional study. Controls performed better than cases on emotion understanding. Higher emotion perception and management were significantly associated with lower widespread pain. Therefore, women with fibromyalgia may experience difficulties in understanding emotional information. In fibromyalgia, higher emotion perception and management abilities are independently related to lower widespread pain.

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Keywords adaptation (psychological), cognition, intelligence, rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease
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Journal Journal of Health Psychology: an interdisciplinary, international journal
Luque-Reca, O. (Octavio), Pulido-Martos, M. (Manuel), Gavilán-Carrera, B. (Blanca), García-Rodríguez, I.C. (Inmaculada C), McVeigh, J.G. (Joseph G), Aparicio, V.A. (Virginia A), & Estévez-López, F. (Fernando). (2019). Emotional intelligence impairments in women with fibromyalgia: Associations with widespread pain. Journal of Health Psychology: an interdisciplinary, international journal. doi:10.1177/1359105319890916