Presentation Authors: Richard Mendelson*, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Mohamed Etafy, Jamin Brahmbhatt, Sijo Parekattil, Clermont, FL
Introduction: There is scant literature exploring the relationship between chronic scrotal content pain (CSP), trait emotional intelligence (TEI), and work engagement (WE). This study analyzes the impact of TEI on the relationship between CSP and WE. Surgical interventions are available for CSP. However, there is paucity of data on how CSP affects men who are considering surgical treatment. This study attempts to better understand how these patients may respond to therapy.
Methods: 75 patients were prospectively surveyed with standardized self-reported assessment tools from July 2017 to September 2018 at initial presentation prior to surgical interventions for CSP. Measures used were: Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire Short Form (TEIQue-SF), Pain Index Questionairre-6 (PIQ-6), and Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES). Linear regression analysis with a Moderator variable was performed.
Results: The data indicates a significant inverse correlation between overall TEI and CSP (p=.004) as well as facets of TEI including self-control and sociability (generating p=.005 and p=.024 respectively). Further, a moderator analysis was performed in order to determine whether or not TEI moderates the relationship between CSP and WE. The Adjusted R Square of .304 generated by the model summary indicates that approximately 30.4% of the variance between CSP as measured by the PIQ6 and WE, as measured by the UWES is attributed to the level of TEI that an individual possesses. The F change is 3.965 with an R Squared Change of .407. This means that while the amount of variance accounted for is 30.4%, when a moderator variable is accounted for, the accuracy of the model improves to 40.7%. Essentially, the TEI variable is the key correlator between CSP and WE. Patients with a higher trait emotional intelligence, have lower chronic scrotal pain and better work engagement.
Conclusions: This study illustrates that patients with a higher trait emotional intelligence, have lower chronic scrotal pain and better work engagement. Implications include a) the development of more effective pre and post-surgical adjunctive emotional treatment modalities, and b) pre-surgical preparation and identification of patients more likely to respond favorably to surgical intervention for chronic scrotal content pain.