Personal Hope & the Family Milieu: Impact on Medical Decision-Making & Quality-of-Life in ALS

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship ()f psychosocial factors to the presence of hopelessness among patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Secondary cross-sectional analyses were conducted with data collected from 136 ALS patients. Primary research questions were examined using hierarchical multiple regression procedures. Results showed that health locus of control and purpose in life were significant predictors of hopelessness among ALS patients. Other factors, including socioeconomic and demographic variables, variables measuring length and severity of illness, and additional psychosocial variables (social support s;atisfaction and degree to which spiritual beliefs help to cope with ALS) were not significant predictors of hopelessness. Results are discussed in light of the benefit to ALS patiElnts of psychosocial interventions in disease management.
Effective start/end date9/15/0110/15/04


  • ALS Association: $29,160.00


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