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Adjustment to Parkinson's Disease

Title: Adjustment to Parkinson's Disease: The Role of Coping, Control, and Goal Orientation.
Name(s): Cantrell, Courtney Michelle, author
Licht, Mark H., professor directing dissertation
Toole, Tonya, outside committee member
Schatschneider, Chris, committee member
Licht, Barbara, committee member
Kistner, Janet, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The present study investigates a possible causal model for the prediction of subjective well-being in Parkinson's disease (PD). The primary hypothesis proposed that, controlling for disease severity, validation-seeking attitudes among individuals with PD would predict less use of secondary control coping strategies, more relinquishing of control in the face of PD symptoms, lower psychosocial adjustment to PD, and lower subjective well-being. I also proposed that validation-seeking would indirectly contribute to lower adjustment to PD through the type of coping strategies used, as well as indirectly affect subjective well-being through both coping strategies and adjustment to PD (operationalized as fewer restrictions to work and social participation). First, the concept of relinquished control could not be investigated due to validity issues with the measure or the construct, so the results were limited to only secondary control coping efforts. Consistent with the hypotheses, validation-seeking attitudes did predict lower positive subjective well-being and better adjustment to PD predicted better overall subjective well-being (i.e., lower depressive symptoms and enhanced positive subjective well-being), controlling for all other variables. However, hypotheses regarding relationships between secondary control coping strategies and validation-seeking, adjustment to PD, and subjective well-being were not supported. Furthermore, exploratory analyses of these relationships suggested that, contrary to the hypothesis that secondary control coping would predict positive outcomes, the use of secondary control coping strategies predicted higher depressive symptoms and poorer adjustment to PD. Closer investigation of the secondary control coping measure suggests that individuals may not have distinguished between voluntary use of secondary control coping strategies and restrictions in activities that had to be made due to PD, especially when reporting changes in what they were doing as a result of PD.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0093 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: May 20, 2008.
Keywords: Coping, Control, Parkinson's, Psychosocial Adjustment, Chronic Illness
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Mark H. Licht, Professor Directing Dissertation; Tonya Toole, Outside Committee Member; Chris Schatschneider, Committee Member; Barbara Licht, Committee Member; Janet Kistner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Host Institution: FSU

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Cantrell, C. M. (2008). Adjustment to Parkinson's Disease: The Role of Coping, Control, and Goal Orientation. Retrieved from