The effects of resilience and disability on participation and health-related quality of life among older Canadians with multiple sclerosis

Amirkhanian, Sevan (2015) The effects of resilience and disability on participation and health-related quality of life among older Canadians with multiple sclerosis. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study investigated the characteristics older individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The focus was on examining high and low levels of resilience as well as the effect of resilience on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and participation. Standardized measures were completed by 743 Canadian 55 years of age and older with MS. It was found that individuals with high levels of resilience were significantly older, reported lower disability, less impact of MS, and better mental health. The high resilience group reported being more physically active, participated more frequently in daily activities, had greater social support and perceived health, and were less financial stable than individuals with low levels of resilience. Resilience accounted for a significant proportion of variance in perceived health status (7.2%) and impact of MS (5.7%) considered as measures of HRQOL, and participation (3.1%). These findings inform future strategies to improve the lives of individuals aging with MS.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11646
Item ID: 11646
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 60-74).
Keywords: Multiple Sclerosis, Resilience, Quality of Life, Participation, Survivor Attitude, Perseverance, Coping
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: October 2015
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Multiple sclerosis--Psychological aspects; Older people--Diseases--Psychological aspects; Older people--Health and hygiene

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