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Abstract: The relationship between illness attributions and attributional style in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Br J Clin Psychol 2003 Mar;42(Pt 1):101-4

Creswell C, Chalder T.

Sub-Department of Clinical Health Psychology, University College London, UK.

OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between illness attributions and general attributional style in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

METHOD: Participants with CFS answered questions on their explanation for their illness and completed the Attributional Style Questionnaire (parallel form).

RESULTS: Of the participants, 58.3% attributed their illness to predominantly physical factors. A significant relationship was found between the presence of a self-serving attributional style and illness attributions.

CONCLUSION: Illness attributions were associated with an individual’s general attributional style. It is suggested that illness attributions may be less important with regards prognosis than, for example, other variables which influence a person’s general view of the world.

PMID: 12675983 [PubMed – in process]

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