Correlations between quality of life and adaptation factors among people with multiple sclerosis

  • Hwang J
  • Cvitanovich D
  • Doroski E
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OBJECTIVE. We examined the correlations between quality of life and three adaptation factors—adjusted self-concept, social support, and accessibility—in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHOD. A convenience sample of 68 participants completed the Leeds Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life scale (LMSQoL) and a questionnaire assessing the three adaptation factors. RESULTS. We found significant moderate correlations between LMSQoL scores and adjusted self-concept (r 5 .56, p < .0001) and LMSQoL scores and social support (r 5 .52, p < .0001); a significant low correlation was found between LMSQoL and accessibility (r 5 .36, p 5 .003). DISCUSSION. Adjusted self-concept, social support, and accessibility were found to be critical in par- ticipants’ psychosocial adaptation to the course of MS. Occupational therapy intervention should address these adaptation factors to help clients cope with MS and promote quality of life.

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  • Adaptation, psychological
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Narration
  • Quality of life
  • Self concept
  • Social support

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  • Jengliang Eric Hwang

  • Danielle C. Cvitanovich

  • Erin K. Doroski

  • Jessica G. Vajarakitipongse

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