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Using illness perceptions and coping to understand distress and quality of life in carers of stroke survivors

Waller, Denise Catherine; (2005) Using illness perceptions and coping to understand distress and quality of life in carers of stroke survivors. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

The role of illness perceptions and coping in distress and quality of life in carers of stroke survivors is investigated. The first part is a review of the literature concerning the impact of stroke on carers and the research investigating determinants of poor outcomes in these individuals. Theoretical frameworks are examined with emphasis on the potential contribution of Leventhal's self-regulation model, which provides a useful framework for investigating illness perceptions and coping in stroke carer outcomes. The empirical paper investigated the role of illness perceptions and coping in distress and quality of life in carers of stroke survivors. Seventy-two carers completed postal questionnaires. Findings indicated an important role of illness perceptions and coping in carer outcomes. Illness perceptions accounted for variance in carer distress, psychological quality of life and social relationships, over and above carer, stroke survivor and illness characteristics. Emotional representations and belief in a psychosocial cause both independently predicted greater distress. Perceptions of greater treatment control independently predicted better psychological well-being and better social relationships. Coping added significant variance in psychological and social quality of life with less use of passive coping independently predicting better psychological well-being and better social relationships. Interpretation of the findings, implications and suggestions for further research are discussed. The critical appraisal examines further the strengths and weaknesses of the study. Theoretical and clinical implications and suggestions for further research are elaborated.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Using illness perceptions and coping to understand distress and quality of life in carers of stroke survivors
Identifier: PQ ETD:602678
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material has been removed from the ethesis. Images identifying individuals have been redacted or partially redacted to protect their identity.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1446751
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