Personality functioning in patients with a progressive course of multiple sclerosis

Rita Lorio, Giuseppe Moressa, Francesca Meneghello, Silvia Salcuni, Maria Rosaria Stabile, Alessandro Zennaro, Laura Ferro, Paolo Tonin

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Abstract

This study intended to describe general personality functioning in patients with a progressive course of multiple sclerosis. 55 consecutive rehabilitation inpatients with progressive course of multiple sclerosis were assessed with a multimethod test battery: the Expanded Disability Status Scale, the Beck Depression Inventory, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale, and the Rorschach Test administered and scored with Comprehensive System. The control group comprised 55 healthy participants with similar sociodemographic characteristics. Specific differences were found for both cognitive and affective aspects, as the patients with progressive course of multiple sclerosis had less positive self-image, less effective mediation processing, and an affective approach to reality. Present data illustrated the usefulness of examining patients with a progressive course of multiple sclerosis to identify abilities and difficulties in cognitive and affective patterns, and support better adaptation to relationships and the environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-646
Number of pages18
JournalPsychological Reports
Volume107
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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