Coping strategies and mood profiles in patients with multiple sclerosis

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Milanlıoğlu A., Ozdemir P. G. , Çilingir V., Gulec T. C. , Aydin M. N. , Tombul T.

ARQUIVOS DE NEURO-PSIQUIATRIA, vol.72, no.7, pp.490-495, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 72 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1590/0004-282x20140089
  • Page Numbers: pp.490-495
  • Keywords: multiple sclerosis, depression, disability, mood, coping strategy, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, PSYCHIATRIC-DISORDERS, DEPRESSION, DISABILITY, ADJUSTMENT, IMPAIRMENT, PEOPLE, IMPACT


Objective: The aim of the present study was to investigate the coping strategies, mood characteristics and the association between these aspects in patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and healthy subjects. Method: Fifty consecutive patients who were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis according to McDonald criteria and thirty-one healthy subjects were included in the study. In addition to the sociodemographic form, Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), Coping Orientation for Problem Experiences Scale (COPE), and Profile of Mood States (POMS) tests were applied to the participants. Results: Non-functional coping strategies were significantly higher in the secondary-progressive type (p <= 0.05). Depression-dejection, fatigue-inertia and total POMS scores were significantly higher in the secondary-progressive type (p <= 0.05). Conclusion: The results of our study demonstrate the importance of rehabilitation programs that encourage exercise among patients with multiple sclerosis to increase vigor-activity levels.