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  Hopelessness, Depression and Life Satisfaction Among The Patients With Multiple Sclerosis [Turk J Neurol]
Turk J Neurol. 2014; 20(1): 1-6 | DOI: 10.4274/Tnd.24471  

Hopelessness, Depression and Life Satisfaction Among The Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

Güler Duru Aşiret1, Leyla Özdemir1, Naile Maraşlıoğlu2
1Hacettepe University, Faculty Nursing,
2Hacettepe University Adult Hospital, Department Of Neurology

OBJECTIVE: This study was carried out to determine the level of hopelessness, depression, and life satisfaction among patients with multiple sclerosis.
METHODS: 65 patients with multiple sclerosis, treated at the neurology clinic of a university hospital, were included in this study. In this descriptive study, a data collection form developed by the researchers, the Beck Depression Scale, and the Beck Hopelessness and Life Satisfaction Scale were used.
RESULTS: Almost half (43.1%) of the patients exhibited severe depressive symptoms. Patients’ hopelessness and life satisfaction levels were moderate. The scores on depression and life satisfaction scales were correlated negatively. While patients’ traits including female gender, low economic level, difficulties in walking, and fatigue were associated with reduced life satisfaction; variables such as having a child, low economic and education levels, experiencing incontinence, and fatigue were related to a higher level of depressive symptoms.
CONCLUSION: The majority of patients were depressed; life satisfaction and hopelessness levels were moderate. Linear regression analysis revealed that education and emotional problems determined 42% of the depression score; and economic level and emotional problems identified 32% of the life satisfaction score.

Keywords: Multiple sclerosis, depression, satisfaction, nursing

Güler Duru Aşiret, Leyla Özdemir, Naile Maraşlıoğlu. Hopelessness, Depression and Life Satisfaction Among The Patients With Multiple Sclerosis. Turk J Neurol. 2014; 20(1): 1-6

Corresponding Author: Leyla Özdemir, Türkiye

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