Adjustment to inflammatory bowel disease – the relative influence of illness perceptions and coping.

McCorry, A, Dempster, M and Adair, PM 2009, 'Adjustment to inflammatory bowel disease – the relative influence of illness perceptions and coping.' , Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 15 (1) , pp. 47-55.

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Background: The Common Sense Model (CSM) of illness representations was used in the current study to examine the relative contribution of illness perceptions and coping strategies in explaining adjustment to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Methods: Participants were 80 adults consecutively attending an outpatients’ clinic with a diagnosis of either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Respondents completed and returned a questionnaire booklet that assessed illness perceptions, coping, and adjustment. Adjustment was measured from the perspectives of psychological distress, quality of life, and functional independence. Results: Illness perceptions (particularly perception of consequences of IBD) were uniformly the most consistent variables explaining adjustment to IBD. Coping did not significantly add to predicting adjustment once illness perceptions were controlled for and therefore did not mediate the relationship between illness perceptions and adjustment, as proposed in the CSM. Conclusions: The results suggest the importance of addressing illness perceptions in developing appropriate psychological interventions for IBD.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1078-0998
Depositing User: PM Adair
Date Deposited: 12 May 2011 09:30
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 11:32

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