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Personality factors in recently diagnosed multiple sclerosis patients: a preliminary investigation with the NEO-FFI scale.

Authors
  • Lima, Aline Braz de
  • Paes, Renata Alves
  • Alvarenga, Regina Maria Papais
Type
Published Article
Journal
Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
Publisher
SciELO
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2015
Volume
73
Issue
3
Pages
200–204
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1590/0004-282X20140234
PMID: 25807124
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article describes some prevalent personality dimensions of recently diagnosed multiple sclerosis patients. A sample of 33 female recently diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) was assessed with the NEO-FFI personality scale. Beck depression (BDI) and anxiety (BAI) scales were also used. No significant levels of anxiety or depression were identified in this group. As for personality factors, conscientiousness was the most common factor found, whereas openness to experience was the least observed. Literature on the relationship between personality and MS is scarce and there are no Brazilian studies on this subject. Some personality traits might complicate or facilitate the experience of living with a chronic, disabling and uncertain neurological condition such as MS.

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