The relationship between illness attributions and attributional style in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Creswell C., Chalder T.
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between illness attributions and general attributional style in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). METHOD: Participants with CFS answered questions on their explanation for their illness and completed the Attributional Style Questionnaire (parallel form). RESULTS: Of the participants, 58.3% attributed their illness to predominantly physical factors. A significant relationship was found between the presence of a self-serving attributional style and illness attributions. CONCLUSION: Illness attributions were associated with an individual's general attributional style. It is suggested that illness attributions may be less important with regards prognosis than, for example, other variables which influence a person's general view of the world.