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Title: Depression and physical activity in people with multiple sclerosis
Author: O'Malley, Conor
ISNI:       0000 0004 2749 8902
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University of London
Date of Award: 2012
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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a common, progressive, debilitating neurological disease, affecting up to 100,000 adults in the UK. It is associated with an unpredictable disease course, fluctuating symptoms and, in the absence of a . known cure, a treatment plan emphasising disease management strategies such as physical activity. Despite medical advice and initiatives designed to promote activity in this population, people with MS remain largely sedentary compared to the general population. This problem was considered in relation to literature and theory of health behaviours. Furthermore, in an attempt to shed light on the issue, and to test the predictive power of a newly published questionnaire in this field, a sample of participants living with MS completed a battery of questionnaires measuring theoretically relevant constructs, such as disability, fatigue, mood, and outcome expectations. A cross-sectional correlation design was employed to test a number of hypotheses relating these constructs to physical activity. The results indicated that disability and depression made unique and significant contributions to explaining the variance in activity levels amongst our sample. Fatigue was correlated with physical activity but did not make a unique contribution after the effects of disability were accounted for. Furthermore, the newly published measure of outcome expectations did not provide meaningful predictive power in relation to physical activity. The implications of these findings were considered in relation to the design of interventions tackling inactivity in MS. Furthermore, the components of a health behaviour model specific to this issue were outlined. Finally, the limitations of the present study and some suggestions for future research were considered as conclusions from this research were drawn. 3 \ \
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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