Dispositional optimism, depression, disability and quality of life in Parkinson’s disease

Annalisa Gison, Valentina Donati, Federica Rizza, Salvatore Giaquinto, Valentina Dall’Armi

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Very little research on dispositional optimism (DO) has been carried out in the field of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The present cross-sectional study, focusing on this personality trait, was performed with two main aims: i) to compare DO between patients with PD and a control group (CG); ii) to perform, in the PD group, a regression analysis including health-related variables, such as depression, anxiety, quality of life (QoL) and activities of daily living.

Seventy PD participants and 70 healthy volunteers were enrolled in the study. The Mann-Whitney test was used to compare life orientation between the PD and CG groups. In the PD group, Pearson’s correlation analysis was used to investigate the relationship between the measures of DO and the other variables. Means of log-linear regression were also used. Mean ratios adjusted for sex, age, education, and severity of disease were estimated, with relative 95% confidence intervals and p-values. The main results were as follows: i) no significant difference in DO was found between the PD participants and the CG; ii) DO was positively associated with QoL and emotional distress and inversely correlated with the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale; iii) DO was not correlated with disability. In conclusion, high DO predicts a satisfactory quality of life, low emotional distress and reduced disease severity in PD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-119
Number of pages7
JournalFunctional Neurology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2014


  • Disability
  • Dispositional optimism
  • Parkinson’s disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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