The main aim of the present scoping review is to systematically review the available studies that investigated the associations between socioemotional alterations (i.e., social cognition impairments/alexithymia/difficulties in emotion regulation) and both reduced QoL and social functioning in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The articles were selected from the PubMed, PsycINFO, and Scopus databases. The main exclusion criteria were qualitative studies, articles that did not use validated instruments, and studies that did not investigate the association between socioemotional skills and QoL/social functioning in MS. Of the eight studies fulfilling the inclusion criteria, six found significant associations between social cognitive and emotion regulation abilities and QoL/social functioning in patients with MS, while two found no significant relationships particularly between the performance on social cognition tasks and QoL measures. Overall, the majority of findings seem to highlight that socioemotional alterations contribute to impaired QoL and social functioning in MS. However, given the still limited evidence, future studies are needed to replicate and confirm the available results, paying attention to two principal aspects: the use of standardized and ecological tasks for the assessment of social cognition skills and the recruitment of samples involving patients with different types of MS.

Associations between socioemotional alterations, quality of life, and social functioning in multiple sclerosis: A scoping review

Di Tella M.;Clerico M.;Castelli L.
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The main aim of the present scoping review is to systematically review the available studies that investigated the associations between socioemotional alterations (i.e., social cognition impairments/alexithymia/difficulties in emotion regulation) and both reduced QoL and social functioning in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The articles were selected from the PubMed, PsycINFO, and Scopus databases. The main exclusion criteria were qualitative studies, articles that did not use validated instruments, and studies that did not investigate the association between socioemotional skills and QoL/social functioning in MS. Of the eight studies fulfilling the inclusion criteria, six found significant associations between social cognitive and emotion regulation abilities and QoL/social functioning in patients with MS, while two found no significant relationships particularly between the performance on social cognition tasks and QoL measures. Overall, the majority of findings seem to highlight that socioemotional alterations contribute to impaired QoL and social functioning in MS. However, given the still limited evidence, future studies are needed to replicate and confirm the available results, paying attention to two principal aspects: the use of standardized and ecological tasks for the assessment of social cognition skills and the recruitment of samples involving patients with different types of MS.
CURRENT PSYCHOLOGY
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Alexithymia; Emotion regulation; Multiple sclerosis; Quality of life; Social cognition; Social functioning
Di Tella M.; Clerico M.; Castelli L.
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