The association between cognition, social functioning, physical impairment, and relationship factors in individuals with multiple sclerosis
Thesis or dissertation
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This portfolio thesis consists of three parts: a systematic literature review, an empirical report and appendices including a reflective statement.
Part one is a systematic literature review examining the different factors within a couples' relationship which may impact on the psychological and physical functioning of the individual diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). A systematic search of five databases identified 11 papers meeting the inclusion and exclusion criteria. The findings are reported as well as a discussion of the clinical implications, quality assessments and limitations of the papers reviewed.
Additional factors, other than aspects of the patient's relationships, may also impact on the patient‟s well-being. In line with the biopsychosocial model, biological changes caused by the MS, such as cognitive deficits, may also influence the patient's well-being, specifically their ability to function socially.
Part two is an empirical paper, which investigates the impact of cognitive deficits on the individual with MS. More specifically the impact of memory and information processing deficits on social functioning are explored, when controlling for mood and physical disability. The study also investigated the relationship between memory and IPS using the BMIPB. Participants completed a number of questionnaires assessing their social functioning and completed the BMIPB. The results from these assessments are discussed alongside the clinical implications for the findings and areas for future research.
Part three comprises the appendices, which provide further information regarding the systematic literature review, empirical paper and also includes a reflective statement.
- Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies, The University of Hull
- Rogish, Miles
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