Coping and psychological adjustment among people with multiple sclerosis

McCabe, Marita, McKern, Suzanne and McDonald, Elizabeth 2004, Coping and psychological adjustment among people with multiple sclerosis, Journal of psychosomatic research, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 355-361.

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Title Coping and psychological adjustment among people with multiple sclerosis
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
McKern, Suzanne
McDonald, Elizabeth
Journal name Journal of psychosomatic research
Volume number 56
Issue number 3
Start page 355
End page 361
Publisher Elsevier Inc
Place of publication United States
Publication date 2004-03
ISSN 0022-3999
1879-1360
Keyword(s) multiple sclerosis
coping
psychological adjustment
severity of illness
social support
Summary Objective
This study was concerned with examining the coping and psychological adjustment of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and determining how they were different in these dimensions from people from the general population. The role of severity and duration of illness as well as levels of social support on coping style and adjustment were also evaluated.

Method
The participants were 381 (144 men, 237 women) people with MS and 291 (101 men, 190 women) people from the general population.

Results
The results demonstrated that people with MS (particularly men) were less likely to adopt coping styles related to problem solving and seeking support and demonstrated poorer levels of adjustment on all dimensions. Adopting a wishful thinking coping style, as well as a lack of problem-focused coping or failure to seek social support, was also more likely to be associated with poorer psychological adjustment for both men and women with MS. Levels of health impairment were only minimally related to psychological adjustment, particularly for men.

Discussion
These findings highlight the importance of developing educational programs that include strategies to adopt more problem-focused coping strategies, so that people with MS can more readily adjust to their illness.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Elsevier Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002562

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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