Attentional lapses, emotional regulation and quality of life in multiple sclerosis


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Abstract

Objectives.We investigated the role of attentional lapses and emotion regulation in predicting multiple aspects of Quality of Life (QoL) in MS.Methods.Individuals with MS (n = 86) reported on frequency of attentional lapses using the Cognitive Failures Questionnaire, deployment of different emotion regulation strategies using the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire, and QoL on a range of domains using the WHOQoL-BREF.Results.Regression analyses indicated that attentional failures and infrequent use of emotional reappraisal strategies predicted variance in all aspects of QoL, in addition to effects of disease severity (total R2 s ranged from .134 to .446).Conclusions.Problems with attentional lapses and a failure to use effective emotion regulation strategies may contribute to reduced QoL in MS.

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