Occupational stress and personality traits in multiple sclerosis: A preliminary study

Chiara Concetta Incerti, Giuseppe Magistrale, Ornella Argento, Valerio Pisani, Giancarlo Di Battista, Elisabetta Ferraro, Carlo Caltagirone, Ralph Hb Benedict, Ugo Nocentini

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating and neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system, causing a wide range of neurological and psychological symptoms. Impairment of ambulation and cognition in particular are associated with work difficulties and unemployment. Although many aspects of work status have been investigated in MS, there are no reports on factors that predict the development of occupational stress, prior to job loss. The aim of this preliminary study was to ascertain if personality traits predispose MS patients to occupational stress. We evaluated 26 MS patients using physical disability scales and self-report questionnaires focused on mood, fatigue, and personality [measured with the NEO Five Factor Inventory]. The primary outcome measure was the Occupational Stress Indicator [OSI]. Results showed significant positive correlations (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-319
Number of pages5
JournalMultiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Employment
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Occupational stress
  • Personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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