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A Study on Quality of Life of People with Chronic Illness


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The present study explores the roles of Happiness, Resilience, Problem focused coping, Emotion focused coping and Social Support in the development of Quality of Life among the patients of chronic illness. Diabetes and coronary heart disease were selected because they are the most common form of illness at present. 140 adult male participants aged between 45 to 55 were studied; among them 37 were suffering from diabetes and 33 from coronary heart disease, other 70 individuals were not suffering from any chronic illness. The participants completed P.G.I. Quality of Life scale (Moudgil, Verma and Kaur; 1998), Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (Hills and Argyle, 2002), Annalakshmi Resilience Scale (Form A) (Annalakshmi, 2008), Coping Checklist (CCL-I) (Rao et al 1989). For statistical analysis of the data Stepwise Multiple Regression Analysis was done. Results indicated that Happiness was the common contributory factor for Quality of Life of illness groups as well as the illness free group. Emotion Focused Coping has got negative contribution to Quality of Life only for the illness free group.

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Quality of Life, Chronic Illness, Happiness, Resilience, Coping Styles.
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Debangana Chakraborty
Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
Anindita Chaudhury
Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India

Abstract


The present study explores the roles of Happiness, Resilience, Problem focused coping, Emotion focused coping and Social Support in the development of Quality of Life among the patients of chronic illness. Diabetes and coronary heart disease were selected because they are the most common form of illness at present. 140 adult male participants aged between 45 to 55 were studied; among them 37 were suffering from diabetes and 33 from coronary heart disease, other 70 individuals were not suffering from any chronic illness. The participants completed P.G.I. Quality of Life scale (Moudgil, Verma and Kaur; 1998), Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (Hills and Argyle, 2002), Annalakshmi Resilience Scale (Form A) (Annalakshmi, 2008), Coping Checklist (CCL-I) (Rao et al 1989). For statistical analysis of the data Stepwise Multiple Regression Analysis was done. Results indicated that Happiness was the common contributory factor for Quality of Life of illness groups as well as the illness free group. Emotion Focused Coping has got negative contribution to Quality of Life only for the illness free group.

Keywords


Quality of Life, Chronic Illness, Happiness, Resilience, Coping Styles.