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  1. Depression and life satisfaction in aging polio survivors versus age-matched controls : Relation to Postpolio syndrome, family functioning, and attitude toward disability.

    Article - En anglais


    To compare depressive symptoms and life satisfaction in aging polio survivors with age-matched controls and to relate these outcomes to scores to psychosocial and disability-related variables.


    A planned medical, functional, and psychosocial study with multivariate analyses.


    A large, urban rehabilitation center.


    A volunteer sample of 121 polio survivors and an age-matched control group of 60 people with similar sociodemographic backgrounds.

    Main Outcomes 

    Depression as measured by the Geriatric Depression Scale and an 11-item life satisfaction scale.


    The prevalence of depressive disorders was not significantly different in the two groups, although the postpolio group tended to have more symptomatology and an overall depressive disorder prevalence of 28%. Some life satisfaction scale scores were significantly lower in the postpolio group, especially those concerned with health.

    People with postpolio syndrome scored significantly higher on depression scales and lower on some life satisfaction scales than people with a history of polio but without postpolio syndrome.

    Several psychosocial variables, most notably family functioning and attitude toward disability, helped to mediate this effect.

    Among people with significant depression, there was little evidence of adequate treatment in the community.


    Postpolio by itself does not relate to higher depression scores or lower life satisfaction. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Poliomyélite antérieure, Virose, Infection, Survivant, Désespoir comportemental, Bien être psychologique, Pronostic, Vieillard, Homme, Handicap, Vie quotidienne, Milieu familial, Epidémiologie, Complication, Long terme, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Moelle épinière pathologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Acute anterior poliomyelitis, Viral disease, Infection, Survivor, Behavioral despair, Psychological well being, Prognosis, Elderly, Human, Handicap, Daily living, Family environment, Epidemiology, Complication, Long term, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Spinal cord disease

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0187285

    Code Inist : 002B05C02A. Création : 21/05/1997.