Comparing Body Image in MS Patients and Healthy Individuals
Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is of great importance due to its frequency, chronicity, and prevalence in young adults. The purpose of this study was to compare the body image of MS patients with that of healthy individuals.
Methods: In the present causal-comparative study, the study population conisted of all MS patients who referred to the Neurology Clinic. The study participants consisted of 200 patients (100 patients with MS and 100 healthy individuals) who were selected through convenience sampling. Data were obtained using the Multidimensional Body-Self Relations Questionnaire (MBSRQ) (Cash, 1990). Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, such as mean and standard deviation, and inferential statistics, such as analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) and repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA), in SPSS software.
Results: The results of the data analysis illustrated a significant difference between MS patients and healthy people in terms of Body Areas Satisfaction Scale (BASS) and weight variables (P < 0.05).
Conclusion: The results of this study show that MS can have psychological consequences so that it can help us in psychosocial treatment approaches.
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