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Attitudes, emotions and wellbeing in individuals with MS

Cognitive Appraisals, Emotional Regulation, Attitudes towards Disability and Psychological Adjustment and Wellbeing in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis


Dr Litza Kiropoulos (supervisor)
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and Psychology Department, Royal Melbourne Hospital. Tel: 9035 4063; email:

Ms Tahnee McBean (masters student) email:

Why participate?
This research will enable us to learn more about factors that influence adjustment and mental health in individuals diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Understanding these factors will allow clinicians tailor psychological interventions and treatments aimed at improving mental health and adjustment in individuals with multiple sclerosis.

What is this study about?
By asking individuals with multiple sclerosis to complete two online surveys six months apart, this study is aiming to determine whether cognitive appraisals, emotional regulation and attitudes are related to mental health outcomes and adjustment, and if so in what ways. This project has been approved by University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee.

What will you be asked to do?
You will be asked to complete an online survey that should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. The survey consists of questions about demographics, multiple sclerosis, acceptance of multiple sclerosis, cognitive appraisals, emotional regulation, attitudes towards disability, and depression and anxiety. Most of the questions require you to select an appropriate response from a list and you will not be required to provide any lengthy responses. You will be asked to answer questions about anxiety and depressive symptoms and such questions may ask you about your mood, physical symptoms and your behaviour. These questions may distress some people, however, we expect this to be minimal and we will provide you with contact information if you do experience distress. Six months after completing the first survey, you will receive an email inviting you to complete a second online survey consisting of the same type of questions as the first survey.

Where can you get further information?
You can get further information by contacting the researchers using the contact details provided above.

How do you agree to participate?
If you would like to participate, just click on the hyperlink on this page, or type the link into your web browser. There you will be provided with further information about the study and will be ask to provide consent prior to commencing the online survey.

To access the questionnaire and further information, please go to the following link: