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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|32016||2015||6 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Psychiatry Research, Volume 227, Issues 2–3, 30 June 2015, Pages 213–218
The impact of self esteem and Locus of Control (LoC) on clinical presentation across different ethnic groups of patients at their first psychotic episode (FEP) remains unknown. We explored these constructs in 257 FEP patients (Black n=95; White British n=119) and 341 controls (Black n=70; White British n=226), and examined their relationship with symptom dimensions and pathways to care. FEP patients presented lower self-esteem and a more external LoC than controls. Lower self esteem was associated with a specific symptoms profile (more manic and less negative symptoms), and with factors predictive of poorer outcome (longer duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) and compulsory mode of admission). A more external LoC was associated with more negative symptoms and an insidious onset. When we explored these constructs across different ethnic groups, we found that Black patients had significantly higher self esteem than White British. This was again associated with specific symptom profiles. While British patients with lower self esteem were more likely to report delusions, hallucinations and negative symptoms, Black patients with a lower self esteem showed less disorganization symptoms. These findings suggest that self esteem and LoC may represent one way in which social experiences and contexts differentially influence vulnerable individuals along the pathway to psychosis.
Although self perceived individual value (self esteem) and the sense of being in control of one׳s own behaviors (Locus of Control, LoC) are considered critical psychological constructs in modeling symptom severity and illness course in psychosis (Garety et al., 2001), very few studies have explored both concepts in the same clinical population, before engagement with services and the illness itself have become established. Furthermore, no study has taken into account ethnic differences when evaluating how these constructs shape care pathways and outcome. These factors need to be taken into account to advance our understanding of the clinical relevance of these concepts, particularly in terms of treatment strategy and outcome. Feeling inferior and inadequate may be crucial to the origin of symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations (Bentall et al., 1994) and may influence the derogatory content and persistence of these symptoms (Bentall et al., 1994 and Garety et al., 2001). Indeed, changes in self esteem over time have been associated with fluctuation in symptom severity (Rotter, 1966 and Thewissen et al., 2008). Moreover, a disturbed self esteem has been implicated in maintaining florid paranoid ideation (Hãfner et al., 2005). However, the relationship between specific symptom profiles and self esteem levels at the time of first engagement with mental health services has never been explored. The ability to recognize oneself as the agent of a behavior (LoC) reflects the extent to which individuals believe that they can control the events that affect them and ultimately establishes the ground from which they act and evaluate their own activities in everyday life (Jeannerod, 2003). An altered (external) LoC may therefore be relevant to the formation of positive symptoms (Waters and Badcock, 2010). For example, even when abnormal perceptual experiences are described in patients with schizophrenia and non-patient voice-hearers, a reduced sense of ownership and control over the auditory hallucinations is only present in the patient group (Honig et al., 1998). Self esteem and LoC are also likely influence clinical presentation. For example, a low self esteem has been associated with poor pre-morbid adjustment (Romm et al., 2011), while a higher self esteem has been associated with better coping strategies in individuals with chronic severe mental health problems, and particularly in those with psychosis (Borras et al., 2009). Likewise, believing that the consequences of personal behaviors are strongly related to powerful others rather than oneself (“my family has a lot to do with my becoming sick or staying healthy”) (Levenson, 1973) may contribute to a passive attitude toward care and to the use of ineffective coping strategies, with consequent worse clinical and functional outcomes (Kunikata et al., 2005 and Eklund and Backstrom, 2006). To date, the only existing studies conducted in patients at the early stages of psychosis have evaluated either self esteem or LoC, with inconsistent findings. In these studies, a low self esteem has been associated with negative and depressive, but not with positive symptoms (Palmier-Claus et al., 2011), and with poor pre-morbid adjustment but not good quality of life (Pruessner et al., 2011; Romm et al., 2011). Interestingly, interventions that increase self esteem have shown beneficial effects on both social and cognitive function in patient with chronic schizophrenia as well as in first psychotic episode (FEP) participants (Gumley et al., 2006 and Ostergaard Christensen et al., 2014). Only one of these studies (Pruessner et al., 2011) included a sample of healthy controls, and showed that they had a higher self esteem than a small sample of FEP. Only one study evaluated LoC in FE patients, finding that a more external LoC is associated with more severe positive symptoms and poor help-seeking behavior, but not with a longer duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) (Skeate et al., 2002). Of note, self esteem and LoC have never been evaluated in relation to ethnicity in patients with psychosis. This is important as individuals from black minority ethnic groups in the general population show a higher self esteem than other ethnic groups (Bachman et al., 2011). Although different levels of self esteem may not explain the higher rate of psychosis previously reported among black ethnic groups, they may be helpful in understanding some of the clinical characteristic often reported in patients from these groups. For example, higher levels of self esteem may help to explain the lower self harm rates and the lower use of prescribed antidepressants reported in black minority patients (McKenzie et al., 1995 and Morgan et al., 2005). Also, a greater sense of personal worth, and the accompanying higher self-assurance may help to explain the difficulties black minority patients have in seeking initial help, their higher rates of compulsory admissions, and their worse pathway to care (McKenzie et al., 1995 and Morgan et al., 2005). Interestingly, ethnic differences in LoC have never been explored, either in the general population or in patients with psychosis. This study investigated the impact of self esteem and the sense of being in control of one׳s own behaviors on early clinical presentation and pathways to care in a large epidemiological sample of individuals with a first episode of psychosis and in a population-based comparison group, with a particular focus on variations by ethnic group. Using a first episode sample limits the potential impact of a long-standing illness and service use on these psychological factors, and the inclusion of a large general adult population provides important information on a reference group. We hypothesized that: 1) compared to controls, patients with psychosis would show a lower self esteem and a more external LoC, and that this would be particularly the case for White British patients; 2) that in patients, a lower self esteem and a more external LoC would be associated with a less favorable mode and timing of presentation to psychiatric services (longer DUP, higher rate of compulsory admissions and insidious illness onset), irrespective of ethnicity.