A dyadic and longitudinal investigation of adjustment in couples coping with multiple sclerosis

Samios, Christina, Pakenham, Kenneth I. and O'Brien, Jill (2015) A dyadic and longitudinal investigation of adjustment in couples coping with multiple sclerosis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49 1: 74-83. doi:10.1007/s12160-014-9633-8


Author Samios, Christina
Pakenham, Kenneth I.
O'Brien, Jill
Title A dyadic and longitudinal investigation of adjustment in couples coping with multiple sclerosis
Journal name Annals of Behavioral Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0883-6612
1532-4796
Publication date 2015-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s12160-014-9633-8
Volume 49
Issue 1
Start page 74
End page 83
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) can affect adjustment at both the individual and couple level.

Purpose: This study examined differences and associations between MS patient and spouse adjustment, and whether one partner’s adjustment predicts the other partner’s adjustment over time.

Methods: A total of 160 couples at Time 1 and 98 couples at Time 2 completed questionnaires.

Results: Mixed-model ANOVAs found that patients reported poorer adjustment than their spouse on a range of adjustment indicators and that positive affect and relationship satisfaction declined over time for both patients and spouses. Intraclass correlations found that patient and spouse scores on all adjustment indicators were related at Time 1. Multilevel modelling showed that one’s partner’s relationship satisfaction at Time 1 positively predicted one’s own relationship satisfaction at Time 2.

Conclusions: The findings indicate that a focus on the interpersonal nature of adjustment to MS may be beneficial for future research and practice.
Keyword Multiple sclerosis
Couples
Adjustment
Relationship satisfaction
Actor-partner interdependence model
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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