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Examining counseling needs of headache patients: An exploratory study of perceived stress and wellness

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jane E. Myers, Professor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Headaches are a complex medical problem that results in significant health expenditures, lost employee attendance and productivity. and relationship disturbance. Further, psychological counseling is one of the basic components of treatment of sufferers of chronic headache. A study of 60 adults seeking medical care at a headache specialty clink was conducted to provide preliminary information on levels of wellness and perceived stress in this population Not surprisingly, overall levels of wellness were low and perceived stress was high compared to a norm group of adults. Specific components of wellness varied with spirituality being higher among the headache population and nutrition, exercise, and locus of control being lower. A case study is presented from practice in a medical clinic, and implications for mental health counselors as providers in medical settings are discussed.

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Publication
Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 25(4), 271-290
Language: English
Date: 2003
Keywords
headaches, perceived stress, wellness, psychological counseling