Determinants of coping styles of people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Publication date: Jun 27, 2023

Little is known about how people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) cope with stressful life events. We examined the determinants of specific coping strategies and whether specific choices have any impact on quality of life (QoL). We recruited patients with PD who had been seen at a neurology outpatient clinic at least once during the past year as part of the PRIME-NL cohort study. Coping was measured using the Ways of Coping Questionnaire (WCQ) and QoL was measured using the Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39). 977 out of 988 participants completed the questionnaires and 935 participants were diagnosed with PD. Factor analysis was undertaken to test if ways of coping were similar or different to previous findings in a PD population. We used linear regression analyses to examine predictors of coping styles. We then used multivariable linear regression to test how coping style was associated with the domains of QoL conditional on potential confounders. The five coping styles identified by the factor analysis were: “taking action and emphasizing the positive”, “distancing and fantasizing”, “goal oriented and planful problem solving”, “seeking social support” and “avoidance and acceptance”. Age, gender, education and anxiety were associated with the type of coping strategy. For example, higher education was associated with more active coping strategies (e. g. β = 4. 39, p 

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Concepts Keywords
Neurology Coping
Outpatient Determinants
Parkinson Factor
Planful Linear
Therapy Measured


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disease MESH Movement Disorders
drug DRUGBANK Coenzyme M
disease MESH COVID 19 pandemic
disease MESH educational level
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