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    Goal pursuit, goal adjustment, and affective well-being following lower limb amputation

    Coffey, Laura and Gallagher, Pamela and Desmond, Deirdre and Ryall, Nicola (2014) Goal pursuit, goal adjustment, and affective well-being following lower limb amputation. British Journal of Health Psychology, 19 (2). pp. 409-424. ISSN 1359-107X

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    Objectives. This study examined the relationships between tenacious goal pursuit (TGP), flexible goal adjustment (FGA), and affective well-being in a sample of individuals with lower limb amputations. Design. Cross-sectional, quantitative. Methods. Ninety-eight patients recently admitted to a primary prosthetic rehabilitation programme completed measures of TGP, FGA, positive affect, and negative affect. Results. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that TGP and FGA accounted for a significant proportion of the variance in both positive and negative affect, controlling for sociodemographic and clinical characteristics. TGP was significantly positively associated with positive affect, while FGA was significantly negatively associated with negative affect. Moderated regression analyses indicated that the beneficial effect of FGA on negative affect was strongest at high levels of amputation-related pain intensity, and low levels of TGP. Discussion. TGP and FGA appear to influence subjective well-being in different ways, with TGP promoting the experience of positive affect and FGA buffering against negative affect. TGP and FGA may prove useful in identifying individuals at risk for poor affective outcomes following lower limb amputation, and represent important targets for intervention in this patient group.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the published article, which is available at DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12051
    Keywords: Goal pursuit; goal adjustment; affective well-being; lower limb; amputation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 6805
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    Depositing User: Dr. Deirdre Desmond
    Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 14:56
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Health Psychology
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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