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Social Identity in People with Multiple Sclerosis: An Examination of Family Identity and Mood

Barker, Alex B.; Lincoln, Nadina B.; Hunt, Nigel; das Nair, Roshan

Authors

Nadina B. Lincoln

NIGEL HUNT NIGEL.HUNT@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Associate Professor

ROSHAN NAIR Roshan.dasnair@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology



Abstract

Background: Mood disorders are highly prevalent in people with MS. MS causes changes to a person’s sense of self. The Social Identity Model of Identity Change posits that group membership can have a positive effect on mood during identity change. The family is a social group implicated in adjustment to MS.
Objective: To investigate whether family identity can predict mood in people with MS.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey design (n=123) comprising measures of family identity, family social support, connectedness to others, and mood.
Results: Family identity predicted mood both directly and indirectly through parallel mediators of family social support and connectedness to others.
Conclusion: Family identity predicted mood as posited by the Social Identity Model of Identity Change. Involving the family in adjustment to MS could reduce low mood.

Citation

Barker, A. B., Lincoln, N. B., Hunt, N., & das Nair, R. (2018). Social Identity in People with Multiple Sclerosis: An Examination of Family Identity and Mood. International Journal of Ms Care, 20(2), 85-91. https://doi.org/10.7224/1537-2073.2016-074

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 6, 2017
Online Publication Date Mar 6, 2017
Publication Date 2018-03
Deposit Date Mar 9, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 7, 2018
Journal International Journal of MS Care
Print ISSN 1537-2073
Electronic ISSN 1537-2073
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 2
Pages 85-91
DOI https://doi.org/10.7224/1537-2073.2016-074
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/41199
Publisher URL http://ijmsc.org/doi/10.7224/1537-2073.2016-074?code=cmsc-site
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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