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Causal attributions following a fall and health outcomes at 6 months post-fall
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8795-7555
2009 (English)In: Psychology and Health, ISSN 0887-0446, E-ISSN 1476-8321, Vol. 24, no Suppl.1, 268- p.Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
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Background. Falls in older people decrease quality of life and increase mortality. There is littleresearch on perceptions of the cause of a fall and their influence on health outcomes. Method.A survey (N¼196) of older people hospitalised after a fall recorded attributions for the causeof the fall. A follow-up survey at 6 months measured functional limitation, anxiety anddepression. Findings. of the participants, 44.3% saw their fall as due to their character, 15.6%due to their behaviour, and 40.1% due to external factors. A hopelessness explanatory stylewas found in 21.1% of participants. Perceiving age as the cause of the fall predicted (p5.06)higher levels of depression at 6 months, while having hopelessness explanatory stylesignificantly predicted higher functional limitation (p¼.001). Discussion. Causal attributionsof fall events impact on physical and mental health outcomes, offering a route forpsychological intervention to reframe the meaning attached to a fall.

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2009. Vol. 24, no Suppl.1, 268- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-4550DOI: 10.1080/08870440903126421ISI: 000208539400752OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:4550DiVA: diva2:522087
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23rd Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Pisa, Italy, 2009
Available from: 2010-02-18 Created: 2010-02-18 Last updated: 2014-11-17Bibliographically approved

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