Social support and sense of life in patients with anxiety disorders – preliminary report
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Uniwersytet Szczeciński, Instytut Psychologii
Submission date: 2017-07-12
Final revision date: 2017-11-29
Acceptance date: 2017-12-20
Online publication date: 2019-04-30
Publication date: 2019-04-30
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Małgorzata Szcześniak   

Uniwersytet Szczeciński, UL. CEBERTOWICZA 12, 05-092 Kiełpin, Polska
Psychiatr Pol 2019;53(2):313-324
Verification of the level of social support perception and sense of life in patients with anxiety disorder and healthy people; evaluation of the relationship between these variables.

The Social Support Questionnaire short version (F-SozU K-22) by G. Sommer and T. Fydrich and the Life Attitude Profile (LAP-R) by G.T. Reker were used.

Social support and its dimensions prove to be significantly lower in patients with anxiety disorders. Healthy individuals have a higher sense of purpose, greater internal coherence, control of life, personal sense and balance of life attitudes, and lower intensity of existential emptiness. Higher emotional support and older age increase the level of sense of life in people with anxiety disorders.

For preventive and therapeutic purposes, it is important to develop and sustain the internal resources of the individual (sense of life and age-related experience). In patients with neurotic disorders, it also seems essential to use psychotherapy aimed at changing the patterns of personality that impede them from building social support networks. This is due to the fact that anxiety disorders are often characterized by lower confidence, avoidance of interpersonal relationships, falsified perception of social support, leading thus to distorted interpretation of supportive actions.

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