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RESEARCH PAPER
 
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Psychosocial determinants of disease acceptance in selected mental disorders

Renata Bogusz 1  ,  
 
1
Independent Medical Sociology Unit, Department of Humanities. Medical University of Lublin. Poland
2
Institute of Speech Pathology and Rehabilitation, Medical University of Lublin. Poland
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ABSTRACT:
Introduction and objective:
Every mental disorder may cause a number of negative consequences in the personal lives of the patients and their families as well as in their social relations. Acceptance of the disease is a crucial factor in the process of coping with the problems resulting from it. Acceptance of the disease may significantly influence the reduction of negative emotional reactions it causes. Consequently, it may contribute to better adaptation of the patients and hence may facilitate the process of recovery. The study attempts to define the socio-psychological conditioning of the degree of disease acceptance among patients treated for psychical disorders.

Material and Methods:
Opinion surveys were carried out in 2013 among a group of 240 patients treated in Mental Health Clinic in Chełm, eastern Poland. The study applied Acceptance Illness Scale – AIS B. Felton, T. A. Revenson, G.A. Hinrichsen, adapted in Poland by Z. Juczyński, as well as a socio-demographic questionnaire.

Results:
The analysis of the obtained results revealed a similar level of acceptance of such diseases as anxiety disorders (24.41±8.52), depression (22.80±7.51) and personality disorders (23.89±7.89). The medical records of all patients fitted among the low average.

Conclusions:
The greatest problem in the researched group related to the social consequences of the psychical disorders. Those questioned were afraid of the negative reactions of others and of being a burden to their families. The level of acceptance was not correlated with independent variables (age, gender, education, place of residence, general well-being).

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Renata Bogusz   
Independent Medical Sociology Unit, Department of Humanities. Medical University of Lublin. Poland
 
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