Personality factors in recently diagnosed multiple sclerosis patients: A preliminary investigation with the NEO-FFI scale

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This article describes some prevalent personality dimensions of recently diagnosed multiple sclerosis patients. A sample of 33 female recently diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) was assessed with the NEO-FFI personality scale. Beck depression (BDI) and anxiety (BAI) scales were also used. No significant levels of anxiety or depression were identified in this group. As for personality factors, conscientiousness was the most common factor found, whereas openness to experience was the least observed. Literature on the relationship between personality and MS is scarce and there are no Brazilian studies on this subject. Some personality traits might complicate or facilitate the experience of living with a chronic, disabling and uncertain neurological condition such as MS.

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de Lima, A. B., Paes, R. A., & Alvarenga, R. M. P. (2015). Personality factors in recently diagnosed multiple sclerosis patients: A preliminary investigation with the NEO-FFI scale. Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria, 73(3), 200–204. https://doi.org/10.1590/0004-282X20140234

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