Fatigue, use of humor, and use of behavioral disengagement as a coping mechanism may influence the employment status among people with multiple sclerosis (MS), notes a study from Kessler Foundation researchers.

Lauren Strober, PhD, Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, and John DeLuca, PhD, of Kessler Foundation determined these factors in their study, published recently in Work.

The study included 40 individuals with MS—20 who were employed and 20 who were considering reducing their work hours or leaving their jobs entirely.

Individuals who reported greater levels of self-efficacy, extroversion, and use of humor were more likely to report staying employed, while individuals considering leaving the workforce reported greater levels of fatigue, anxiety, depression, and behavioral disengagement as a means of coping, notes a media release from Kessler Foundation.

“We found that use of humor, behavioral disengagement, and fatigue were significant factors in workplace decision-making among individuals with MS,” says Strober, senior research scientist, in the release. “This knowledge will help us develop more effective interventions targeted at helping people stay in the workplace.”

This research was supported by National Institutes of Health, per the release.

[Source(s): Kessler Foundation, PRWeb]