Perceived stress in prodromal Huntington disease
Journal, Book or Conference Title
Psychology & Health
NLM Title Abbreviation
This study examines perceived stress and its relationship to depressive symptoms, life changes and functional capacity in a large sample of individuals who are positive for the Huntington disease (HD) gene expansion but not yet diagnosed. Participants were classified by estimated proximity to HD diagnosis (far, mid, near) and compared with a non-gene-expanded comparison group. Persons in the mid group had the highest stress scores. A significant interaction between age and time since HD genetic testing was also found. Secondary analyses using data from a different data collection point and including a diagnosed group showed the highest stress scores in the diagnosed group. Possible explanations and implications are discussed.
Adult, Depression, Female, Genetic Predisposition to Disease/psychology, Humans, Huntington Disease/genetics/psychology, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Middle Aged, Self Report, Stress, Psychological/epidemiology/psychology, Young Adult
Published Article/Book Citation
The definitive version was published in Psychology & Health, 27:2 (2012) pp.196-209. DOI:10.1080/08870446.2010.529141.
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