Perceived control, coping and psychological adjustment to visual disability

Jorge Luis Méndez-Ulrich, Luca Prats-Basseta, Felipe Yagüeb, Antoni Sanza

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© 2016 Sociedad Española para el Estudio de la Ansiedad y el Estrés - SEAS. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved. A group of 35 visually impaired people participated in a cross-sectional, correlational study in order to assess the role of control beliefs on coping, perceived quality of life and psychological adjustment to disability. Participants completed a battery of psychometric tests that were adapted to an oral presentation format in the context of a structured interview. Results suggest that resilient coping, quality of life and psychological adjustment are related to perceived competence, but not to disability severity, the cause of disability (congenital or supervening) or gender. Moreover, increased perceived competence leads to a decrease in anxiety and depression symptoms, a reduction of negative affectivity and greater positive affectivity. The possible applications of these findings in clinical psychology practice aimed at improving psychological adjustment and optimising the process of adaptation to visual impairment are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-61
JournalAnsiedad y Estres
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • Blindness
  • Coping
  • Psycho-ophthalmology
  • Psychological adjustment
  • Quality of life
  • Visual disability


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