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Title: The Multiple Sclerosis Work Difficulties Questionnaire
Contributor(s): Honan, Cynthia Alison  (author); Brown, Rhonda F  (author); Hine, Donald W  (author)orcid ; Vowels, L (author); Wollin, J A (author); Simmons, R D (author); Pollard, J D (author)
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1177/1352458511431724
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Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
520304 Health psychology
520303 Counselling psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920205 Health Education and Promotion
920203 Diagnostic Methods
920206 Health Inequalities
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200203 Health education and promotion
200399 Provision of health and support services not elsewhere classified
200101 Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
200204 Health inequalities
Abstract: Background: A better understanding of the workplace difficulties experienced by people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) may be critical to developing appropriate vocational and rehabilitative programs. Objective: We aimed to assess the factor structure, internal consistency and validity of the new Multiple Sclerosis Work Difficulties Questionnaire (MSWDQ). Methods: Work difficulty items were developed and reviewed by a panel of experts. Using the MSWDQ, cross-sectional self-report data of work difficulties were obtained in addition to employment status and MS disease information, in a community-based sample of 189 PwMS. Results: Exploratory Maximum Likelihood Factor Analysis on the draft questionnaire yielded 50 items measuring 12 factors. Subscale internal consistencies ranged from 0.74 to 0.92, indicating adequate to excellent internal consistency reliability. The MSWDQ explained 40% of the variance in reduced work hours since diagnosis, 40% of the variance in expectations about withdrawing from work, 34% of the variance in expectations about reducing work hours, and 39% of the variance in expectations about changing type of work due to MS. Conclusion: The MSWDQ is a valid and internally reliable measure of workplace difficulties in PwMS. Physical difficulties, as well as cognitive and psychological difficulties were important predictors of workplace outcomes and expectations about future employment.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 18(6), p. 871-880
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1477-0970
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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