Supportive relationships – Psychological effects of group counselling in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Authors

  • Kirsten K. Roessler University of Southern Denmark
  • Dorte Glintborg Odense University Hospital
  • Pernille Ravn Odense University Hospital
  • Camilla Birkebaek University of Southern Denmark
  • Marianne Andersen Odense University Hospital

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/cam.v9i2.125

Keywords:

group interaction, social support, physical activity, polycystic ovary syndrome

Abstract

The objective of the present study was to examine the psychological impact of a group-oriented approach to disease management and health behaviour in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Seventeen overweight PCOS women were randomised in a crossover design of eight weeks high-intensity aerobic exercise followed by eight weeks of group counselling (n=8) or vice versa (n=9). Interpersonal communication, emotional and relational aspects were observed and analysed throughout the period focusing on changes in health behaviour. The most salient findings showed supportive relationships expressed as group cohesion, exchange of narratives of illness and of disorder-specific aspects. Individual relationships between the participants were important for changes in behaviour, especially those generating feedback from the other participants and reducing social isolation. The results were most encouraging in the group that had initial counselling sessions before the physical intervention. It can be concluded that group counselling sessions focusing on supportive relationships followed by high-intensity aerobic training have beneficial effects on wellbeing, health and exercise behaviour.

Author Biographies

Kirsten K. Roessler, University of Southern Denmark

Kirsten Kaya Roessler received her PhD in Psychology at the University of Bremen, Germany, and is currently professor in health psychology at the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Southern Denmark. Research fields include: physical activity and counselling psychology as treatment for lifestyle diseases.

Dorte Glintborg, Odense University Hospital

Dorte Glintborg received her PhD in Endocrinology from the University of Southern Denmark. She is currently a senior consultant at the Department of Endocrinology at Odense University Hospital. Research fields include: PCOS, pituitary, adrenal and gonadal diseases.

Pernille Ravn, Odense University Hospital

Pernille Ravn completed her doctoral thesis in Gynecology and Obstetrics from the University of Copenhagen. She has additional expertise in the field of gynaecologic endocrinology. She is currently a senior consultant and associate professor at Odense University Hospital.

Camilla Birkebaek, University of Southern Denmark

Camilla Birkebæk received her Masters in Fitness and Training from the University of Southern Denmark. She is currently the head teacher of the VET fitness instructor education in Kolding, Denmark.

Marianne Andersen, Odense University Hospital

Marianne Andersen received her PhD in Endocrinology in 1998 from Odense University. She is currently a senior consultant in endocrinology and since 2011 has been part-time research associate professor (Novo Nordisk Foundation).

Published

2013-05-20

How to Cite

Roessler, K. K., Glintborg, D., Ravn, P., Birkebaek, C., & Andersen, M. (2013). Supportive relationships – Psychological effects of group counselling in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Communication and Medicine, 9(2), 125-131. https://doi.org/10.1558/cam.v9i2.125

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