[Coping behaviors in Parkinson's disease]

Nervenarzt. 2000 Apr;71(4):275-81. doi: 10.1007/s001150050557.
[Article in German]


In 45 patients with Parkinson's disease, we investigated coping behavior and its correlations to demographic and disease-related data, locus of control, depression, and psychosocial adaptation. Active, problem oriented, and self-reorganizing strategies were predominantly used and regarded as especially helpful by the 27 men and 18 women (age: 56 years; duration of illness: 9 years). While age and sex were not associated with coping, external locus of control correlated positively to "depressive coping" and duration of illness correlated negatively to "distraction and self-affirmation." Coping strategies regarded as maladaptive and a small degree of internal locus of control correlated to unfavourable results for depression and satisfaction.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Age Factors
  • Depression
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parkinson Disease / psychology*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Sampling Studies
  • Self-Assessment*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Adjustment*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*