Table 4

Complete List of Positive and Negative Items by Level of Endorsement* Sorted by Psychometric Domains

Item**

# of Applies or Best Applies

(max n = 34)


Whole Person Negative


I felt drained. (W - Phy - E)

20


I was overwhelmed. (W)

19


I was in pain. (W -- Phy)

18


I felt unbalanced. (W)

15


I was suffering (W)

15


I muddled through my days. (W)

14


I felt powerless. (W - Emp)

13


Every day was a struggle. (W)

13


I was miserable (W-A)

12


I was really stuck in some parts of my life. (W)

12


I felt numb. (W - Phy)

12


I felt shattered. (W - A)

11


I put all my energy into survival. (W - Phy)*

11


I was judgmental. (W)

10


I felt like I was sinking in quick sand. (W)

10


I felt alone. (W - So - Sp)

10


I was hanging on for dear life. (W - A)

10


My life was a mess. (W)

10


I was scared that my life might never get better. (W -- A)

8


I felt out of control. (W - Emp)

8


I felt defined by my illness. (W)

7


I just kept doing the same thing over and over. (W)

7


I was desperate. (W - A)

7


I lost myself. (W)

6


I didn't bounce back. (W)

6


Nothing gave me pleasure. (W)

5


There was no laughter in my life. (W - A)

5


I lost trust in my body. (W - Phy)

5


I was unforgiving. (W)

5


I felt like I was being punished. (W - Sp)

4


I was not resilient. (W)

3


I had tried everything and nothing worked. (W - Phy)

2


Whole Person Positive


I am on a path towards health and wellness. (W -Phy)

22


My life has meaning. (W)

20


I take life's obstacles in stride. (W)

20


I am forgiving. (W)

20


I am able to forgive. (W)

20


I feel alive. (W - E)

19


I am able to let go. (W)

19


I am resilient. (W)

19


I feel empowered. (W - Emp)

19


I'm trying things I never tried before. (W)

18


I am awake. (W -- E)

17


I am aware. (W - Cog)

16


I feel vitalized. (W - E)

15


I am in control of things that I can control. (W - Emp)

15


My life is balanced. (W)

14


I am restored. (W - E)

14


I bounce back. (W)

13


I trust my body. (W -- Phy)

13


I'm feeling great. (W)

13


I am living my life to the fullest. (W)

13


I am nonjudgmental. (W)

10


Life is good. (W)

10


I feel complete. (W)

9


Life is not a struggle. (W)

9


Physical Negative


I was tired/I had no energy/I was exhausted. (Phy - E)

20


I was depleted. (Phy - E)

18


I didn't sleep well. (Phy)

17


My senses felt dull. (Phy)

16


I have had improvements in my health I did not expect. (W - Phy)

15


I kept getting the same kinds of symptoms. (Phy)

13


It felt like my body was breaking down. (Phy)

12


My body recovered slowly. (Phy - Fxn)

8


Physical Positive


My body recovers quickly (Phy - Fxn)

22


I am in tune with my body. (Phy)

18


I am better able to carry out daily activities. (Phy - Fxn)

18


My senses are vibrant. (Phy)

16


I sleep well. (Phy - E)

13


I do things now I hadn't been able to do before the [treatment/study] began. (Phy - Fxn)

12


I wake up rested and refreshed. (Phy - E)

11


I have abundant energy. (Phy - E)

6


I don't have symptoms any more. (Phy)

3


I have abundant energy to do what I want to do. (Phy - E - Fxn)

1


Cognitive Negative


I couldn't think clearly. (Cog)

15


I was unable to focus. (Cog - W)

13


I felt like nothing I could do would help. (Cog - Emp)

7


Cognitive Positive


I have learned new things about myself. (Cog - Sp)

21


I am able to deal with life's difficulties. (Cog)

20


I am better able to make decisions about my health and well-being. (Cog)

20


I am focused. (Cog)

17


My life is not defined by my illness. (Cog)

15


Emotional/Affective Negative


I was stressed. (A)

20


I was scared. (A)

18


I am not afraid of the future. (A)

14


I was depressed. (A)

13


I was anxious about the future. (A)

11


I had an overwhelming sense of loss. (A)

11


I was so angry. (A)

9


Life was not worth living. (A)

8


All I could see was what I had lost. (A)

5


Emotional/Affective Positive


I am able to love. (A - So)

21


I laugh. (A)

21


I find pleasure in life. (A)

21


I am joyful. (A)

21


I am happy. (A)

19


I am content. (A)

17


Spiritual Negative


I had no hope. (Sp)

7


I felt far from God. (Sp)

6


I had lost my faith. (Sp)

4


Spiritual Positive


I am using my inner resources to heal myself. (Sp)

21


I am hopeful. (Sp)

21


I have faith. (Sp)

20


I have hope. (Sp)

20


I feel spiritual. (Sp)

20


I am on a spiritual path. (Sp)

18


I feel closer to God. (Sp)

13


Social Negative


I couldn't/wouldn't take suggestions from others. (So)

8


Social Positive


I feel connected. (So - Sp)

18


* "Endorsement" means categorizing the item as "applies" or "best applies."

** Abbreviations in parentheses after each item reflect the following domains:

W = Whole Person; Phy = Physical; Emp = Empowerment; E = Energy; Fxn = Functional;

Sp = Spiritual; Cog = Cognitive; A = Emotional/Affective; So = Social

Ritenbaugh et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:135   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-135

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