Coping strategies when living with MS progression
ECTRIMS Online Library. Strober L. 09/12/19; 279467; 173
Lauren B Strober
Lauren B Strober
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Abstract: 173

Type: Scientific Session

Abstract Category: Scientific Session RIMS 1: How can rehabilitation influence the prog

L. Strober

Center for Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Research, Kessler Foundation, West Orange, New Jersey, and Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Neurology, Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School, East Hanover, NJ, United States

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a variable and unpredictable disease known to result in significant detriments is social, occupational, and daily functioning. Managing the physical and cognitive symptoms is a struggle for many and emotional disturbances are common and pervasive. However, how an individual copes with their symptoms and their progression plays a pivotal role in how their MS will ultimately impact their overall health and quality of life. Researchers have identified the role of several individual factors (e.g. gender, age, personality) on coping. Understanding the role of these factors has led to attempts to predict how an individual is likely to cope with their MS. More specifically, with these attributes, will the individual be more likely to engage in more adaptive, active coping or maladaptive coping? Moreover, based on how an individual is coping with their disease, we know much more about the outcomes associated with MS (e.g., unemployment, psychological well-being). From this, efforts to foster, educate, and improve the positive attributes associated with better coping have begun to be implemented. Such interventions and education are likely to assist individuals over the course of the illness and should be part of early intervention. The present talk will highlight what we know so far with regard to individual factors and coping in MS and the outcomes associated with such. We will also discuss current efforts taken so far with regard to clinical interventions aimed at improving coping in MS.
Disclosure: Lauren Strober, PhD: Nothing to disclose

Abstract: 173

Type: Scientific Session

Abstract Category: Scientific Session RIMS 1: How can rehabilitation influence the prog

L. Strober

Center for Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Research, Kessler Foundation, West Orange, New Jersey, and Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Neurology, Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School, East Hanover, NJ, United States

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a variable and unpredictable disease known to result in significant detriments is social, occupational, and daily functioning. Managing the physical and cognitive symptoms is a struggle for many and emotional disturbances are common and pervasive. However, how an individual copes with their symptoms and their progression plays a pivotal role in how their MS will ultimately impact their overall health and quality of life. Researchers have identified the role of several individual factors (e.g. gender, age, personality) on coping. Understanding the role of these factors has led to attempts to predict how an individual is likely to cope with their MS. More specifically, with these attributes, will the individual be more likely to engage in more adaptive, active coping or maladaptive coping? Moreover, based on how an individual is coping with their disease, we know much more about the outcomes associated with MS (e.g., unemployment, psychological well-being). From this, efforts to foster, educate, and improve the positive attributes associated with better coping have begun to be implemented. Such interventions and education are likely to assist individuals over the course of the illness and should be part of early intervention. The present talk will highlight what we know so far with regard to individual factors and coping in MS and the outcomes associated with such. We will also discuss current efforts taken so far with regard to clinical interventions aimed at improving coping in MS.
Disclosure: Lauren Strober, PhD: Nothing to disclose

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