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Study on the amount of coping skills used by MS sufferers as member and non-member of peer support group
Shahla Biglar , Nasrin Hanifi * , Nasrin Jafari varjoshani , Korosh Kamali
Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran. , nasrinhanifi@gmail.com
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Introduction: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common illness causing neurological inabilities in young adults. Ability of the ill person to use coping skills is an important factor that can help to reduce stress and to manage the increasing challenges caused by this debilitating illness. The present study focuses on comparing the amount of coping skills used by MS sufferers who are and are not the members of a peer support group.
Method of the study: method of the study was descriptive-analytical. The study was conducted in Multiple Sclerosis Society of Zanjan City during the year 2016. Simple random sampling without replacement was conducted on 30 MS sufferers who were the members and 90 others who were not the members of peer support group. Data gathering tool included demographic questionnaire and Jalowiec coping skills questionnaire. Fisher’s exact test and t-test were used to analyze the data.
Findings: comparison on the amounts of coping skills used by the member and non-member patients in the peer support group revealed that they differed insignificantly (0.735) in terms of excitement-oriented, and significantly in terms of problem-oriented coping skills. Furthermore, the member patients used more problem-oriented coping skills than the non-member patients (0.009).
Conclusion: peer support has an increasing effect on the use of problem-oriented coping skills. Thus, it will be helpful to encourage patients to be a member of the peer support group.
 
Keywords: Multiple sclerosis, coping skills, peer support group
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Type of Study: Medical Surgical Nursing | Subject: nursing
Received: 2017/01/9 | Accepted: 2017/10/12 | Published: 2018/04/7
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