Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and hopelessness: Psychosocial factors

Janice M. Plahuta, B. Jan McCulloch, Edward J. Kasarskis, Mark A. Ross, Rhoda A. Walter, Evelyn R. McDonald

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

54 Scopus citations


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of psychosocial factors to the presence of hopelessness among patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Secondary cross-sectional analyses were conducted with data collected from 136 ALS patients. Primary research questions were examined using hierarchical multiple regression procedures. Results showed that health locus of control and purpose in life were significant predictors of hopelessness among ALS patients. Other factors, including socioeconomic and demographic variables, variables measuring length and severity of illness, and additional psychosocial variables (social support satisfaction and degree to which spiritual beliefs help to cope with ALS) were not significant predictors of hopelessness. Results are discussed in light of the benefit to ALS patients of psychosocial interventions in disease management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2131-2140
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2002


  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Hopelessness
  • Locus of control
  • Purpose in life
  • USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and hopelessness: Psychosocial factors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this