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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.

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Journal article


Br J Clin Psychol

Publication Date





101 - 104


Adolescent, Adult, Attitude to Health, Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic, Female, Humans, Male, Surveys and Questionnaires