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Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Maryka Biaggio, PhD


This paper examines why one-fourth to two-thirds of all chronic low back pain patients who are treated at multidisciplinary clinics eventually regress to pretreatment levels. A literature review was conducted and the following variables were found to significantly affect whether patients maintain treatment gains: employment status, compensation, social reinforcement of pain behaviors, and maintenance of exercise regimens.