Megan Jenkins

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BACKGROUND Recent research suggests that patients' appraisal of somatic symptoms is more closely related to emotional variables (particularly negative affect) than to their actual health as determined by external criteria. METHODS Sixty surgical cancer patients who at the time of a routine follow-up examination filled out the European Organization for(More)
We tested the hypothesis that abdominal muscles are active during the expiratory phase of the respiratory cycle during exercise. Electromyographic (EMG) activities of external oblique and rectus abdominis muscles were recorded during incremental exercise to exhaustion and during 30 min of constant work rate exercise at an intensity of 85 % of the peak(More)
This study was designed to assess the expressed emotion (EE) status in the spouses of depressed patients and the patients themselves, to relate the EE status to the severity of depression as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and to compare the prevalence of high EE between the target and control group. Seventeen depressed patients and their(More)
BACKGROUND Poor compliance with attendance at outpatient clinic appointments in patients referred from emergency departments (EDs) is a major problem in public hospitals. AIMS To determine whether the intervention of a telephone call within three days of ED attendance would improve: 1. the proportion of patients making recommended outpatient appointments;(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the reliability of the survey form of the Leyton Obsessional Inventory-Child Version (LOI-CV), ascertain the prevalence of self-reported obsessive-compulsive behaviour together with age and sex differences and identify the most common obsessive-compulsive behaviours and their associated level of interference. METHODOLOGY The survey(More)
OBJECTIVE Head circumference (HC) growth has been shown in several studies to be accelerated early in life in both fragile X syndrome (FXS) and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), but the rates of growth have not been compared between those with only FXS and those with FXS and ASD (FXS + ASD). METHODS We hypothesized that individuals with FXS + ASD would(More)
UNLABELLED REASON FOR THE STUDY: Little is known about how motivation to change evolves over the course of an eating disorder. The present study compared 'stage of change' and motivation, confidence and readiness to change in two groups of patients with bulimia nervosa (BN), adolescents with a short duration of illness and adults with a long duration of(More)
The test-retest reliability of the survey form of the Leyton Obsessional Inventory-Child Version was examined over a 2-wk. interval. Three age groups of children participated in the study, 8- to 10-year-olds, 11- to 13-year-olds, and 14-to 16-year-olds (N = 106). For the total Obsessive scores, the test-retest Pearson correlation coefficients for the three(More)
Sense of belonging to the general and broader gay communities has been shown to be beneficial for gay men's mental health. This research investigated the interrelations between sense of belonging to three forms of gay community (the broader gay community, gay groups, and gay friends), sense of belonging to the general community, and depressive symptoms by(More)
BACKGROUND Higher levels of insomnia predict greater depression severity among older adults; however, the psychological mechanisms underlying this relationship are unclear. This study tested a path model that explored whether dysfunctional beliefs about sleep and hopelessness mediated the relationship from insomnia to depression. It was hypothesized that(More)