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Survey results

Friday 8 May 2009

Griffith UniversityWe mentioned last year a survey undertaken by Tanya Secker from Griffith University.

The survey was entitled "Demise of a Lifestyle: The Impact of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on Well-being and the Role of Interpersonal Relationships".

Here's a summary of Tanya's results:

Demise of a Lifestyle: The Impact of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on Well-being and the Role of Interpersonal Relationships

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating illness that impacts greatly on the ability to carry out everyday functions. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of CFS on well-being and interpersonal relationships, and to determine the role interpersonal relationships play in the lived experience of CFS.

Fifty-three participants completed a set of questionnaires that rated their level of fatigue severity, collected information on various measures of subjective well-being (e.g., life satisfaction, self-esteem, and depressive symptomatology), and various facets of interpersonal relationships (e.g., perceived social support, negative social exchanges and social functioning).

The overall results obtained are consistent with and contribute to a growing body of evidence attesting to the detrimental and pervasive effect of CFS on the well-being of those living with the illness. Furthermore, the findings extend previous research in the area by clearly demonstrating that the detrimental impact of CFS severity on well-being, is directly the result of the effects of differing levels of CFS severity on the quality of interpersonal relationships.

Such findings not only provide a comprehensive picture of the factors that contribute to the illness burden of CFS and the interplay between them but also have important implications for illness management strategies. It highlights the need to develop and provide strategies that support individuals with CFS and their social network's psychosocial adjustment to CFS.



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