Psychological predictors of anxiety and depression in Parkinson's disease : a systematic review

Garlovsky, Jack and Overton, Paul G. and Simpson, Jane (2016) Psychological predictors of anxiety and depression in Parkinson's disease : a systematic review. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72 (10). pp. 979-998. ISSN 0021-9762

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Objectives Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder, affecting the motor system with psychological difficulties also frequently reported. While explanations for psychological difficulties are historically situated within a biomedical framework, more recently the relevance of psychological determinants has become a research focus. This review therefore examines this relationship with the two most commonly reported psychological difficulties (anxiety and depression) in people with PD. Method Databases were systematically searched up to December 17, 2013, identifying 24 studies meeting inclusion criteria. Results Significant predictors of heightened anxiety and depression included increased emotion-focused coping; less problem-focused coping; lower perceived control; more dominant beliefs about PD as part of a person's identity and influence on life; less social support and more avoidant personality types. Conclusions Relationships between some specific psychological predictors and depression and anxiety seem well supported. The complexity of relationships between these psychological determinants should be taken into consideration when delivering psychological interventions.

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Journal of Clinical Psychology
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Garlovsky, J. K., Overton, P. G. and Simpson, J. (2016), Psychological Predictors of Anxiety and Depression in Parkinson's Disease: A Systematic Review. J. Clin. Psychol.. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22308 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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?? parkinson's diseaseanxietydepressionillness beliefssocial supportpersonalitycopingclinical psychology ??
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