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EEO. 2021; 20(4): 1330-1343

Health Locus of Control, Illness Behavior and Headache Related Quality of Life in Individuals with Migraine

Iram Fatima, ShaziaQayyum, Shahnila Tariq, Faiz Younas, Syed Muhammad Ahmad Hassan Gillani.


The current study aimed to assess the role of health locus of control and illness behavior in headacherelated quality of life in individuals with migraine. It was hypothesized that health locus of control predicts quality of life through illness behavior. The sample comprised of 80 clinically diagnosed and non-hospitalized migraineurs (men=16, women=64). Findings revealed that participants with a higher chance health locus of control engaged in more daily routine activities as well as in practical support seeking behavior. However, Locus of control did not predict any of headache-related quality of life dimensions. Further, Migraine severity was observed to be a consistent predictor of poor health quality of life-controlling for the locus of control and illness behavior.

Key words: illness behaviour, health locus of control, migraine

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