Positivity and fatigue in CFS

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  1. tansy

    tansy New Member

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Role of Positivity to Illness in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients.

    Journal: J Health Psychol. 2006 Sep;11(5):731-741.

    Authors: Michael E. Hyland (University of Plymouth, UK, Samantha C. Sodergren (University of Plymouth, UK)
    and George T. Lewith (University of Southampton, UK)

    NLM Citation: PMID: 16908469


    Fifty-three chronic fatigue syndrome patients treated at a complementary
    medical centre were assessed over 12 months. Measures included the Chalder
    Fatigue scale, the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) and positivity in
    illness (Silver Lining Questionnaire, SLQ).

    The SLQ measured at 6 and 9 months predicted (p < .01) mental (but not
    physical) fatigue at 12 months independently of current mental fatigue,
    initial mental fatigue, duration since diagnosis and time between start of
    treatment and entry to the study.

    The GHQ did not predict fatigue at any time point.

    The results suggest that a caring therapeutic intervention increases
    positive interpretations of illness prior to improvements in mental
    fatigue, but that positivity does not play a causal role in the reduction
    of fatigue.


    Key Words: chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) • positivity • recovery • self-actualization[This Message was Edited on 08/16/2006]