The investigation of mental health among persons with haemophilia is mostly focused on negative and disease-related indicators. Literature however shows that psychosocial resources and optimal daily functioning can co-exist with chronic disease. The Dual Continua Model operationalizes positive mental health as ‘flourishing’, a condition comprising emotional, psychological, and social well-being dimensions. In the present study physical and mental health were comparatively assessed through positive and negative indicators in adults with haemophilia and a control group. Participants included 84 Italian persons with severe haemophilia (Mage = 43.44; SDage = 13.04) and 164 adults without history of chronic illness (Mage = 40.98; SDage = 12.26), who completed the Short Form Health Survey, the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule, and the Mental Health Continuum Short Form. MANOVA and post-hoc t-tests provided evidence of worse general health, lower negative affect and higher psychological well-being among participants with haemophilia compared with the control group. Moreover, the percentage of flourishing individuals was higher among participants with haemophilia. Results support previous evidence suggesting that a chronic disease does not prevent mental well-being attainment. The identification of assets and strengths allowing people with haemophilia to flourish can be fruitfully used to design resource-centered interventions.

Perceived well-being and mental health in haemophilia / L. Negri, A. Buzzi, A.B. Aru, A. Cannavo, C. Castegnaro, M.R. Fasulo, G. Lassandro, A. Rocino, C. Santoro, G. Sottilotta, P. Giordano, M.G. Mazzucconi, R. Mura, F. Peyvandi, A. Delle Fave. - In: PSYCHOLOGY, HEALTH & MEDICINE. - ISSN 1354-8506. - (2020). [Epub ahead of print] [10.1080/13548506.2020.1717556]

Perceived well-being and mental health in haemophilia

L. Negri
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A.B. Aru;A. Rocino;F. Peyvandi;A. Delle Fave
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2020

Abstract

The investigation of mental health among persons with haemophilia is mostly focused on negative and disease-related indicators. Literature however shows that psychosocial resources and optimal daily functioning can co-exist with chronic disease. The Dual Continua Model operationalizes positive mental health as ‘flourishing’, a condition comprising emotional, psychological, and social well-being dimensions. In the present study physical and mental health were comparatively assessed through positive and negative indicators in adults with haemophilia and a control group. Participants included 84 Italian persons with severe haemophilia (Mage = 43.44; SDage = 13.04) and 164 adults without history of chronic illness (Mage = 40.98; SDage = 12.26), who completed the Short Form Health Survey, the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule, and the Mental Health Continuum Short Form. MANOVA and post-hoc t-tests provided evidence of worse general health, lower negative affect and higher psychological well-being among participants with haemophilia compared with the control group. Moreover, the percentage of flourishing individuals was higher among participants with haemophilia. Results support previous evidence suggesting that a chronic disease does not prevent mental well-being attainment. The identification of assets and strengths allowing people with haemophilia to flourish can be fruitfully used to design resource-centered interventions.
flourishing; Haemophilia; mental health; physical health; well-being
Settore MED/09 - Medicina Interna
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