Social problem solving in chronic fatigue syndrome: preliminary findings

Christopher, G. and Thomas, M. (2009) Social problem solving in chronic fatigue syndrome: preliminary findings. Stress and Health, 25 (2). pp. 161-169. ISSN 1532-3005 Available from:

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This paper investigates social problem solving in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a condition characterized by reduced activity levels and excessive mental fatigue. Although intra- and interpersonal problems are prevalent, no studies have explored social problem-solving skills in this group. Patients were split into two groups: either high or low alexithymia, a condition associated with affect dysregulation. The high alexithymic group viewed problems as threatening, responding either impulsively or avoiding responding altogether; they were poor also in the use of compensatory strategies, which, taken together, increases the likelihood of a negative outcome from attempts at conflict resolution. These findings go some way in successfully identifying potential subgroupings in CFS sufferers and has important implications in terms of the therapy offered.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:social problem solving, alexithymia, emotional intelligence, chronic fatigue syndrome
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:8073
Deposited By: Dr G. Christopher
Deposited On:30 Jun 2010 11:34
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 20:49

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