Quality of life and multiple sclerosis: comparison between people with multiple sclerosis and people from the general population

McCabe, Marita and McKern, Suzanne 2002, Quality of life and multiple sclerosis: comparison between people with multiple sclerosis and people from the general population, Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 287-295.

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Title Quality of life and multiple sclerosis: comparison between people with multiple sclerosis and people from the general population
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
McKern, Suzanne
Journal name Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings
Volume number 9
Issue number 4
Start page 287
End page 295
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2002-12
ISSN 1573-3572
1068-9583
Keyword(s) quality of life
multiple sclerosis
coping
adjustment
objective QOL
subjective QOL
Summary This paper evaluated the quality of life (QOL) of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and people from the general population. Gender differences between the 2 groups of respondents and the influence of coping style on adjustment were also evaluated. The participants were 381 (144 males, 237 females) people with MS, and 291 (101 males, 190 females) people from the general population. The results demonstrated that people with MS experienced lower levels of QOL than people from the general population for both the objective and subjective dimensions of all domains (physical health, psychological adjustment, social relationships, environmental adjustment). All coping strategies (problem-focused, focusing on the positive, detachment, wishful thinking, seeking social support) were important predictors of QOL for both males and females with MS, with wishful thinking being the strongest predictor of poor QOL. These results are discussed in terms of the various factors that impact on QOL among people with MS, and the types of coping strategies that are most adaptive in improving the QOL of people with this illness.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Plenum Publishing Corporation
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001658

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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