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adaptation, chronic disease, self-esteem, spirituality, support, uncertainty



  1. Crigger, Nancy Jones PhD, RN


This study sought to explain adaptation to the uncertainty of multiple sclerosis (MS) in women.A causal model, developed from the literature and from interviews with four women with MS, was tested on a sample of 90 women with MS. Successful adaptation was measured by self-esteem and mastery. The model accounted for 26% of the variance in mastery, with an empirical model accounting for a higher degree of variance (41%). Findings suggest that the negative impact of uncertainty in women with MS is significantly reduced by their spiritual and social relationships.