A picture paints a thousand words: Heart drawings reflect acute distress and illness perception and predict posttraumatic stress symptoms after acute myocardial infarction

Princip, Mary; Koemeda, M.; Meister, Rebecca Elisabeth; Barth, J.; Schnyder, Urs; Znoj, Hans Jörg; Schmid, J.-P.; von Kanel, R. (2015). A picture paints a thousand words: Heart drawings reflect acute distress and illness perception and predict posttraumatic stress symptoms after acute myocardial infarction. Health Psychology Open, 2(1), p. 205510291559209. 10.1177/2055102915592091

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The aim of this study was to examine whether heart drawings of patients with acute myocardial infarction reflect acute distress symptoms and negative illness beliefs and predict posttraumatic stress symptoms 3 months post-myocardial infarction. In total, 84 patients aged over 18 years drew pictures of their heart. The larger the area drawn as damaged, the greater were the levels of acute distress (r = 0.36; p < 0.05), negative illness perceptions (r = 0.42, p < 0.05), and posttraumatic stress symptoms (r = 0.54, p < 0.01). Pain drawings may offer a tool to identify maladaptive cognitions and thus patients at risk of posttraumatic stress disorder.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > DCR Unit Sahli Building > Forschungsgruppe Neurologie
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science IV

UniBE Contributor:

Princip, Mary; Meister, Rebecca Elisabeth; Schnyder, Urs and Znoj, Hans Jörg

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

2055-1029

Language:

English

Submitter:

Adriana Biaggi

Date Deposited:

11 Apr 2016 10:41

Last Modified:

15 Jan 2017 02:02

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/2055102915592091

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.74305

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/74305

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