The effects of identification with a support group on the mental health of people with multiple sclerosis

Juliet R. H. Wakefield, Sarah Bickley, Fabio Sani

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    Abstract

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is associated with various psychological problems, including depression and anxiety. Whilst MS support groups are intended to improve mental health, this goal is not always achieved. Taking a social identity approach, we hypothesise that it is the level of subjective identification with a support group (rather than simply support group membership per se) that positively affects the mental health of people with MS.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)420-426
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
    Volume74
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2013

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