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Social problem solving and chronic fatigue syndrome: preliminary findings

Christopher, G and Thomas, M (2009) 'Social problem solving and chronic fatigue syndrome: preliminary findings.' Stress and Health, 25 (2). pp. 161-169. ISSN 1532-2998

Abstract

This paper investigates social problem solving in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a condition characterized by reduced activity levels and excessive mental fatigue. Although intra- and inter-personal problems are prevalent, no studies have explored social problem-solving skills in this group. Patients were split into two groups: either high or low alexithymia, a condition associated with affect dysregulation. The high alexithymic group viewed problems as threatening, responding either impulsively or avoiding responding altogether; they were poor also in the use of compensatory strategies, which, taken together, increases the likelihood of a negative outcome from attempts at conflict resolution. These findings go some way in successfully identifying potential subgroupings in CFS sufferers and has important implications in terms of the therapy offered.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: social problem solving; alexithymia; emotional intelligence; chronic fatigue syndrome
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2016 14:24
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 14:24
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/8436
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