The relationship between, age, psychosocial variables and social isolation amongst multiple sclerosis patients

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Swift, John
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of this study is to investigate the relationships between age, psychosocial variables of self-esteem, satisfaction with life and social isolation amongst multiple sclerosis patients, also examining the relationship of time living with MS on self-esteem and satisfaction with life respectfully. The sample consisted of 82 participants (N = 82) which were recruited using a snowball sampling method. A quantitative, correlational study design was employed and participants completed an online self report questionnaire measuring three scales, Rosenberg self-esteem scale, Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) and Lubben Social Network Scale (LSNS-6). Regression analysis was carried out and the results showed no significant relationships. Therefore, it was concluded that to strengthen future results, researchers are encouraged to increase the sample size and any further studies should adopt a mixed method approach. A broader discussion on sampling and gender diversity is contained within the study.