The purpose of this study is to determine the presence of a correlation between experiencing a traumatic life event and later developing Fibromyalgia. A traumatic event could include a variety of experiences from physical, sexual, or emotion abuse to physical or emotional trauma. The author administered a questionnaire revised from the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire Revised (FIQR) and the Widespread Pain Index and Symptom Severity Scale. From those questionnaires, the researcher learned that there is a strong correlation between experiencing a traumatic event and the development of Fibromyalgia. This study also supports prior research that indicates effective treatment methods of Fibromyalgia.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2017


Rachael Hovermale

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

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