The current study examined the 3-year longitudinal course of psychopathology reported by 53 definite MS patients, then assessed for clinical elevations. Across SCL-90-R scales, only 9 - 21% of patients' scores changed. Intercorrelations among Time 1 and Time 2 were significant (p<.01). Clinical elevations on the scales ranged from 26% (anxiety) to 52% (somatization). Consistent with studies of depression, results demonstrated that other types of psychopathology are very stable over time. Because a relatively high percentage of patients displayed clinical elevations across the scales over time, this study suggests that the stability of psychopathology in MS patients is of clinical concern.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Psychiatry and Mental health