ERIC Number: EJ885636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
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The Relationship between Mood State, Interpersonal Attitudes and Psychological Distress in Stroke Patients
Turner, Margaret A.; Andrewes, David G.
International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, v33 n1 p43-48 Mar 2010
This study investigated whether increasing positive mood improved interpersonal attitudes and relieved depression in depressed stroke patients despite levels of cognitive and emotional dysfunction. Depressed stroke (n = 30) and rheumatic/orthopaedic controls (n = 30) were compared on the effect of verbal and nonverbal positive and neutral mood induction on mood state, interpersonal attitudes, psychological distress and related cognitive and emotional processing deficits. Compared with the neutral mood induction condition, the positive mood induction significantly improved mood state, interpersonal attitudes and psychological distress, irrespective of cognitive and emotional processing deficits. The nonverbal material was effective for all patients but was more marked for the left hemisphere stroke group. There was no obvious influence of humour appreciation despite reduced understanding in the right hemisphere stroke group. Although the effect is likely to be short-lived, these results support the trial of positive mood induction within therapy programmes to relieve depression.
Descriptors: Patients, Logical Thinking, Psychology, Depression (Psychology), Psychological Patterns, Emotional Problems, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Social Cognition, Psychological Characteristics, Lateral Dominance, Personality Traits
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