Illness Perception and Coping Strategies with Silicosis Patients

Salah Aberkane


The main aim of this study is to show the illness perception effect on the selection of coping strategies in a sample of silicosis’ patients. A sample composed of 32 individuals (male patients) having silicosis, aged between 19 and 50 and living in the region of TKOUT\ Batna (Algeria) was adopted in this study. Two scales were used, the scale proposed by Moss Morris (the revised illness perception questionnaire IPQ_R) and the scale of Bolhane (Coping questionnaire). The statistical correlation analysis was used to determine the relationship between illness perception and coping strategies. Multiple Regression Analysis was also used to assess the predictive ability of the illness perception dimensions on the coping dependent variables. This study has provided insights about the relationship between illness perception and coping strategies in the considered sample. Therefore, it has shown that there is an effect of emotional representations in choosing the way to solve the problem, the way to search for the social support, and the positive reassessment among the individuals of the sample. It is to note that there is also an effect of treatment control, illness coherence in choosing the way of self-blaming among the individuals of the same sample.



Illness perception, coping, silicosis, silicosis patient.

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