Upton, Dominic and Thompson, Pamela (1992) Effectiveness of Coping Strategies Employed by People with Chronic Epilepsy. Journal of Epilepsy, 5 (2). pp. 119-127. ISSN 0920-1211
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Psychological adjustment to a chronic illness, such as epilepsy, is not merely a function of severity or duration of the disorder. Several psychological factors have been identified as having an influential effect. We report here a study that explores one such variable, namely use of coping strategy. A total of 137 people with intractable epilepsy participated in the study. The duration of the epilepsy ranged from 1 to 51 years with a mean of 18.5 years. Seventy percent were experiencing at least weekly seizures. Coping style was measured using a questionnaire that tapped six different coping strategies. Psychological adjustment was assessed via measures of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, social avoidance, and acceptance of epilepsy. Few significant relationships were observed between seizure-related variables and psychological adjustment. The most consistent finding was between poor emotional adjustment and the coping strategy, “wish fulfillment.” A relationship between better adjustment and the strategy, “cognitive restructuring,” was also found. The implications of these results for psychotherapeutic interventions in epilepsy will be considered.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||epilepsy, emotional adjustment, coping strategies, psychosocial|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
|Divisions:||Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society|
|Deposited By:||Laura Scurlock|
|Deposited On:||23 Jul 2010 09:24|
|Last Modified:||23 Jul 2010 13:41|
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