Title: Premorbid "overactive" lifestyle in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia: An etiological factor or proof of good citizenship?
Authors: Van Houdenhove, Boudewijn ×
Neerinckx, Eddy
Onghena, Patrick
Lysens, Roeland
Vertommen, Hans #
Issue Date: Oct-2001
Series Title: Journal of Psychosomatic Research vol:51 issue:4 pages:571-576
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: In a former study, we have shown that patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or chronic pain, when questioned about their premorbid lifestyle, reported a high level of "action-proneness" as compared to control groups. The aim of the present study was to control for the patients' possible idealisation of their previous attitude towards action. METHODS: A validated Dutch self-report questionnaire measuring "action-proneness" (the HAB) was completed by 62 randomly selected tertiary care CFS and fibromyalgia (FM) patients, as well as by their significant others (SOs). RESULTS: HAB scores of the patients and those of the SOs were very similar and significantly higher than the norm values. Whether or not the SO showed sympathy for the patient's illness did not influence the results to a great extent. SOs with a negative attitude towards the illness even characterized the patients as more "action-prone." CONCLUSIONS: These results provide further support for the hypothesis that a high level of "action-proneness" may play a predisposing, initiating and/or perpetuating role in CFS and FM.
ISSN: 0022-3999
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Psychiatry
Methodology of Educational Sciences
Physical Medicine and Revalidation Section (-)
Onderzoeksgroep psychodiagnostiek en psychopathologie (-)
Research Group for Adapted Physical Activity and Psychomotor Rehabilitation
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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