Social identity in people with Multiple Sclerosis: an examination of family identity and mood

Barker, Alex B. and Lincoln, Nadina and Hunt, Nigel and das Nair, Roshan (2017) Social identity in people with Multiple Sclerosis: an examination of family identity and mood. International Journal of Ms Care . ISSN 1537-2073 (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: Mood disorders are highly prevalent in people with MS. MS causes changes to a person’s sense of self. The Social Identity Model of Identity Change posits that group membership can have a positive effect on mood during identity change. The family is a social group implicated in adjustment to MS.

Objective: To investigate whether family identity can predict mood in people with MS.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey design (n=123) comprising measures of family identity, family social support, connectedness to others, and mood.

Results: Family identity predicted mood both directly and indirectly through parallel mediators of family social support and connectedness to others.

Conclusion: Family identity predicted mood as posited by the Social Identity Model of Identity Change. Involving the family in adjustment to MS could reduce low mood.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing
Identification Number: 10.7224/1537-2073.2016-074
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2017 13:17
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2017 10:13
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/41199

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