Quality of Life Research

, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp 427–433 | Cite as

Coping and quality of life in patients with psoriasis

  • A. Wahl
  • B.R. Hanestad
  • I. Wiklund
  • T. Moum


The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between coping dimensions and overall quality of life, disability and health status in patients' with psoriasis. Psoriasis is one of several chronic diseases which requires self-management in order to ensure an enhanced quality of life. The sample comprised 334 patients who were treated consecutively at three dermatology departments in eastern Norway. A total number of 273 patients completed the questionnaire, yielding a response rate of 82% (20% in-patients and 80% out-patients). The following questionnaires were used: The Jalowiec Coping Scale, the Psoriasis Disability Index, the Quality of Life Scale, and the SF-36. Results showed that patients who used combined emotive coping strategies reported more disability, poorer mental health and worse overall quality of life. Furthermore, patients who more frequently used normalising/optimistic coping reported higher levels of mental health. However, the variance explained by coping effort was low to moderate. Coping explained the variance in mental health and overall quality of life to a greater extent than that in physical health. Knowledge about the relationships between coping and quality of life dimensions is important with regard to the establishment and implementation of appropriate psychosocial interventions for patients with psoriasis.

Coping Disability Health status Psoriasis Quality of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Wahl
    • 1
  • B.R. Hanestad
    • 2
  • I. Wiklund
    • 1
  • T. Moum
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Public Health and Primary Health CareUniversity of BergenNorway
  2. 2.Bergen CollegeNorway
  3. 3.Department of Behavioural Sciences in MedicineUniversity of OsloNorway

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