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Perception of Illness and Self Efficacy Beliefs between Type I and Type II Diabetic Patients

Qarina Parwaiz

MS/M.Phil. Clinical & Counseling Psychology (2009-2011)

Supervisors: Dr. Ruhi Khalid

This study was designed to assess and compare Illness perception and Self-efficacy beliefs among patients suffering from type I and type II diabetes. Cross-sectional survey design was used to compare the beliefs about self efficacy and patients’ perception of their illness. A sample of 100 diabetic patients (type I=50, type II=50) was selected through non-probability purposive sampling technique. Illness Perception Questionnaire-Revised and Generalized Perceived Self Efficacy Scale were administered. Independent samples t test was applied to compare the two groups. Results revealed significant differences between both diabetic groups on illness perception and self efficacy beliefs. It was also found that type II diabetic group scored high on self efficacy than type I diabetic group.

Mental Health, Coping and Stressors of Emergency Care Doctors

Muhammad Ali Khan

MS/M.Phil. Clinical & Counseling Psychology (2008-2010)

Supervisor: Dr. Ruhi Khalid

This research aimed to explore mental health, stressors and coping methods used by emergency care doctors. The sample comprised of 30 doctors working in emergency departments of various hospitals of Lahore. Assessment tools used for data collection included Urdu version of General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) and Brief Cope. Data was analyzed using Pearson correlation coefficient and Independent sample t-test. Findings indicated that three most frequently used coping strategies by doctors were religious coping, active coping and planning. It was also found that those under psychiatric distress were more likely to seek out emotional support.

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