Stress, psychiatric co-morbidity and coping in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria

Psychol Health. 2010 Apr;25(4):477-90. doi: 10.1080/08870440802530780.


This study examined life event stress, perceived stress and psychiatric co-morbidity among patients with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria (CIU). It also investigated the relationship between coping, stress, the severity of CIU and psychiatric co-morbidity. Total of 100 CIU patients and 60 allergy patients participated in the study. They completed the General Health Questionnaire, the Social Readjustment Rating Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale, and the Ways of Coping Checklist. Compared with allergy patients, CIU patients had worse co-morbidity and higher levels of life event stress and perceived stress. Emotion-focussed coping was associated with the severity of CIU; perceived stress was associated with co-morbidity.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease
  • Comorbidity
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Stress, Psychological*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology
  • Urticaria / epidemiology
  • Urticaria / physiopathology
  • Urticaria / psychology*
  • Young Adult