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Psychosocial factors associated with irritable bowel syndrome

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Many psychosocial factors influence the course and/or experience of irritable bowel syndrome.

For example, coping skills, illness-related knowledge, stress, social support and the availability of a confidante may all effect a persons experience of the disorder.

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  • Dancey, C.P. (1997). Self-help groups; the remedy that lies within our own reach. Gut Reaction; The Journal of the IBS Network. 24, January, 10–11.
  • Dancey, C.P., & Fox, R.J. (1998). Irritable Bowel Syndrome - a neglected area? Health Psychology Update. 33, 19–22. ISSN: 1359-1053.
  • Dancey, C.P., Fox, R.J., & Devins, G.M. (1999). The measurement of IBS-related misconceptions in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 47, 3, 269–276. ISSN: 0022-3999.
  • Dancey, C.P. Steeden, M. (1997). Misdiagnosing endometriosis as IBS. In "IBS: a complete guide to relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome". Eds.: Dancey, C.P. & Backhouse, S.
  • Dancey, C.P., Taghavi, M., & Fox, R. (1998). The relationship between hassles and symptoms of irritable bowel: a time-series approach. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 44, 5, 537–545. ISSN: 0022-3999.

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