Perfectionism and physical disability predict depression in multiple sclerosis

Megan M. Smith, Peter A. Arnett

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Objective: The relationship between depression and physical disability in multiple sclerosis (MS) is unclear. This investigation examines the interaction between disability and perfectionism in predicting depression in MS. Methods: Participants (n. = 51) completed the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (FMPS), the Chicago Multiscale Depression Inventory (CMDI), and the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS). Results: Regression revealed that the FMPS. ×. EDSS interaction predicted depression above the variance predicted by each variable alone. Perfectionism predicted depression at high levels of disability. Conclusion: Our results suggest a means of reconciling inconsistent findings regarding physical disability and depression in MS and offer a potential target for psychotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-189
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of psychosomatic research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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