Symptoms, impairment and illness intrusiveness – their relationship with depression in women with CFS/ME

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Dancey, C. and Friend, Julie 2008. Symptoms, impairment and illness intrusiveness – their relationship with depression in women with CFS/ME. Psychology and Health. 23 (8), pp. 983-999.
AuthorsDancey, C. and Friend, Julie
Abstract

Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is an illness in which
physiological and psychological factors are believed to interact to cause and maintain
CFS/ME in an individual predisposed to it. The various symptoms and impairments
associated with CFS/ME have a large impact on quality of life. The purpose of the present
study was to identify the extent to which the core symptoms and impairments associated with
CFS/ME relate to depression in women with CFS/ME, and to discover whether these
relationships were mediated by illness intrusiveness. CFS/ME was found to be a highly
intrusive illness, intruding into more life domains and to a greater degree than other illnesses.
The effects of both symptoms and impairment on depression were, in part, mediated by
illness intrusiveness. Although symptoms severity and impairment had both direct and indirect
effects on depression, illness intrusiveness was the strongest predictor of depression.

KeywordsCFS; ME; illness intrusiveness; depression
JournalPsychology and Health
Journal citation23 (8), pp. 983-999
ISSN1476-8321
0887-0446
Year2008
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08870440701619957
http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1133
Publication dates
PrintNov 2008
Publication process dates
Deposited17 Jan 2011
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Dancey, C.P.; Friend, J. (2008) 'Symptoms, impairment and illness intrusiveness – their relationship with depression in women with CFS/ME' Psychology & Health, 23 (8) pp.983-999.

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