This work was completed at the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center located at the University of South Florida, Morsani Center, in Tampa, Florida.
Self-Perceived Burden as a Mediator of Depression Symptoms Amongst Individuals Living With a Movement Disorder
Article first published online: 19 JUL 2012
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Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 68, Issue 10, pages 1149–1160, October 2012
How to Cite
Dempsey, L. E., Karver, M. S., Labouliere, C., Zesiewicz, T. A. and De Nadai, A. S. (2012), Self-Perceived Burden as a Mediator of Depression Symptoms Amongst Individuals Living With a Movement Disorder. J. Clin. Psychol., 68: 1149–1160. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21901
- Issue published online: 11 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 19 JUL 2012
- self-perceived burden;
- functional impairment;
- movement disorders
Movement disorders are chronic illnesses that can lead to functional impairment and psychological distress. This study examined the relations between functional impairment, depression, and anxiety in individuals with movement disorders, and whether these associations were mediated by feelings of self-perceived burden.
This cross-sectional study sampled individuals (57 males and 57 females; mean age of 62) with chronic movement disorders from a movement disorders clinic. Patients completed measures of depression, anxiety, functional impairment, and self-perceived burden.
Functional impairment was associated with depression, but not anxiety, and was mediated by self-perceived burden for individuals with chronic movement disorders.
Self-perceived burden may have an important role relative to individuals’ adaptation to chronic illness with implications for future interventions.