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Title: Safety-seeking behaviours in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis : a pilot experimental investigation of topology and function
Author: Lloyd, Samantha
ISNI:       0000 0004 7432 709X
Awarding Body: University of Bath
Current Institution: University of Bath
Date of Award: 2018
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The aim of this study was to investigate the use of safety-seeking behaviours (SSB) in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) in response to physical exertion. An experimental design was used with N = 10 individuals with CFS/ME and N = 15 healthy controls (HCs) carrying out a physical task twice. Participants were recorded while completing the task and asked to identify from the recording strategies used during the task and the function of these. Significant differences on the number of strategies defined as SSB were found between groups, with the CFS/ME group using significantly more SSB during the Task 2. In addition, a significant correlation was found between the number of SSB and increased score on a measure of health anxiety. Overall the pilot study provides novel evidence for the use of SSB in CFS/ME and conceptualises topology and function of such strategies, with SSB representing an important potential target for cognitive behavioural interventions for this condition.
Supervisor: Daniels, Jolene ; Butler, Catherine Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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