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Title: Coping with Parkinson's disease in the marital dyad
Author: Baker, Nita
Awarding Body: University of Leicester
Current Institution: University of Leicester
Date of Award: 1998
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Objectives. The purpose of the current study was to examine how people cope with Parkinson's Disease (P.D.), a chronic and progressive illness, in the context of the marital relationship. More specifically, the study aimed to examine what factors were associated with adjustment in both the people with P.D. and the spouses and to examine the interaction between the partners particularly in respect to congruence in the use of coping strategies. Design. The design was a cross-sectional, correlational design. Method. Twenty-three couples, where one partner was suffering from P.D. participated in the study. Both partners were interviewed separately and completed questionnaires on coping, adjustment and the marital relationship. Results. The adjustment of both partners was related to their husband's/wife's adjustment, to congruence in the use of some coping strategies, to the individual's use of particular coping strategies and to time since diagnosis and stage of disability. There were also relationships between these variables. Conclusion. The interaction between partners is an important factor to consider when attempting to explain adjustment to a chronic illness. If the concept of congruence, with respect to the use of coping strategies, is to be retained then this needs to be clarified and several specific considerations are raised. Further research, of a longitudinal design, is needed to clarify whether the relationships found in the present study are causal and if they are, whether the causality is in one direction or cyclical.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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