Changes in quality of life and coping among people with multiple sclerosis over a 2 year period
McCabe, Marita P., Stokes, Mark and McDonald, Elizabeth 2009, Changes in quality of life and coping among people with multiple sclerosis over a 2 year period, Psychology, health & medicine, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 86-96.
There is a need to investigate the impact of different coping strategies on quality of life (QOL) of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), in order to better inform intervention programs for this population. This study evaluated the relationship between QOL and coping over a 2 year period among people with MS. Participants were 382 people with MS (144 male, 238 females) and 291 people without a neurological or other chronic illness from the general population (101 males, 190 females). People with MS experienced lower QOL than the control group in the domains of global QOL, independence, social and spiritual QOL scales, as well as the problem solving and social/emotional support coping scales. Interestingly, people with MS experienced higher psychological QOL than the general population, and higher detachment and focusing on the positive coping. Over time, people with MS demonstrated increases in their global QOL as well as in their social/emotional support coping. Women demonstrated higher levels than men of global QOL and Social/emotional support coping. The results of these findings have implications for information and intervention programs for people with MS.
Field of Research
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
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