The role and impact of contextual factors on functioning in patients with bipolar disorder

José Sanchez-Moreno, Anabel Martinez-Aran, Hesham F. Gadelrab, Maria Cabello, Carla Torrent, Caterina Del Mar Bonnin, Montse Ferrer, Matilde Leonardi, José Luís Ayuso-Mateos, Eduard Vieta

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Purposes. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, provides the framework to describe individual's functioning and allows the study of the interaction between patient's health status and the environmental factors involved. The main aim of this study was to analyse systematically those factors involved in the functioning of bipolar patients including the role of contextual factors. Methods. Eighty-eight euthymic patients with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder were included. To examine the importance of contextual factors above and over clinical variables after controlling of potential socio-demographic variables, a hierarchical multiple regression was used. Results. Clinical variables that significantly predicted patient functioning were the total number of episodes, number of depressive episodes, family history of psychiatric disorders and mild subdepressive symptoms, accounting for 34.1% of the variance of functioning (F = 2.14, p = 0.011). Contextual factors, including dysfunctional attitudes and perceived social support, accounted for 17.5% of the variance (F = 3.04, p

Original languageEnglish
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Bipolar disorder
  • contextual factors
  • disability
  • functioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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