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2022 Nov 09

J Psychosom Res


Negative and positive personification of multiple sclerosis: Role in psychological adaptation.


Aloni R, Shahar G, Ben-Ari A, Margalit D, Achiron A
J Psychosom Res. 2022 Nov 09; 164:111078.
PMID: 36446180.


Illness personification theory posits that individuals suffering from chronic illness ascribe human characteristics to their illness, which impacts their adaptation. Whereas negative or malevolent personification of chronic illness derails adaptation, positive or benevolent personification yields a complex pattern with aspects of adaptation. This study aimed to examine, for the first time, the role of personification of multiple sclerosis (MS).