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Social support and psychological outcome in people with Parkinson's disease: Evidence for a specific pattern of associations

Simpson, Jane and Haines, Katrina and Lekwuwa, Godwin and Wardle, John and Crawford, Trevor (2006) Social support and psychological outcome in people with Parkinson's disease: Evidence for a specific pattern of associations. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45 (4). pp. 585-590. ISSN 0144-6657

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Abstract

Objective. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between social support and psychological functioning in people with Parkinson's disease. Method. 34 participants with idiopathic Parkinson's disease completed a comprehensive range of social support assessments and measures of depression, anxiety, stress, general psychological distress and positive affect. Results. A clear pattern of relationships emerged, with the less satisfaction with social support, the higher the depression, anxiety and stress scores. Conversely, positive affect was related to more quantitative assessments of social support, such as the number of close relationships. Conclusion. The relationship between social support and psychological outcome in people with PD is complex. Furthermore, the complexity of this relationship should be addressed in any therapeutic attempts to relieve psychological distress and promote happiness.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Clinical Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 11151
Deposited By: Dr Trevor Crawford
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2008 09:34
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:19
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/11151

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