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The Panteion University of Social and Political science , usually referred to simply as the Panteion University, is a university located in Athens, Greece. Founded in 1927, it is among the three oldest universities of political science in Europe. Wikipedia.

Theofilou P.,Panteion University
International Urology and Nephrology | Year: 2012

Background and objective Patients' beliefs regarding their health are important to understand responses to chronic disease. The present study aimed to determine (i) whether beliefs about health differ between different renal replacement therapies in endstage renal disease (ESRD) patients and (ii) whether these beliefs are associated with health-related quality of life (HQoL), as well as with mental health. Methods A sample of 89 ESRD patients, 41 on hemodialysis (HD) treatment and 48 on peritoneal dialysis (PD) treatment, completed the World Health Organization Quality of Life instrument, the General Health Questionnaire, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, and the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control. Results Regarding differences in health beliefs between the two groups, HD patients focused more on the dimension of internal health locus of control than PD patients. This dimension was associated with better QoL (P =<0.01) and general health (P = 0.03) in the total sample. On the contrary, the dimension of important others in health locus of control was associated with higher depression (P = 0.02). Conclusions The beliefs that dialysis patients hold about their illness appear to be related to the type of renal replacement therapy. These cognitions are associated with HQoL and with mental health. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, B.V. Source

Theofilou P.,Panteion University
Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases | Year: 2012

Introduction. Chronic kidney disease is a permanent condition which requires renal replacement therapy (hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, or transplantation) to maintain life. The present study aimed to investigate the association of self-esteem with health locus of control in dialysis patients. Materials and Methods. A sample of 144 patients was recruited from 3 General Hospitals in the broader area of Athens, consisting of 84 patients undergoing in-center hemodialysis and 60 patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis. Measurements were conducted with the World Health Organization Quality of Life instrument, in which self-esteem is addressed by 1 item, and the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control inventory. Results. The results indicated that self-esteem had a significant positive association with internal health locus of control. Selfesteem was also inversely related to the dimension of important others measured by the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control inventory. Conclusions. Findings of this study provide evidence that there is a strong relation between self-esteem and health locus of control in dialysis patients. Source

Kokkevi A.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Rotsika V.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Arapaki A.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Richardson C.,Panteion University
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines | Year: 2012

Background: Suicide is a leading cause of death among adolescents in Europe. Self-harm thoughts and behaviours are documented precursors of completed suicide. It is therefore of great importance to investigate the prevalence of suicide thoughts and attempts and their correlates, with the aim of preventing this major life-threatening public health problem. This study provides cross-national European data on self-reported suicidal thoughts and attempts among adolescents. Methods: Data were obtained from 45,806 high school students aged 15-16 years from 17 countries that participated in the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) 2007 school survey. The standardised methods of the ESPAD survey ensure comparability across countries. Students completed an anonymous questionnaire in their classrooms. The prevalences of suicidal thoughts and attempts are reported as well as their sociodemographic and psychosocial correlates identified in logistic regression. Results: The median prevalence of any lifetime self-reported suicide attempt was 10.5% across the participating countries (range 4.1%-23.5%). The median of frequent self-harm thoughts (at least five times) was 7.4% (range 2.1%-15.3%). Suicidal behaviour and thoughts had significant associations with gender, substance use, family integrity and socioeconomic status. Countries with higher prevalence of substance use tended to have a weaker association between substance use and self-reported suicide attempts. Conclusion: Although self-reported self-harm thoughts and suicide attempts vary in prevalence within Europe, there are common correlates across countries. These have an important impact on understanding the phenomenon of suicide among young people and in guiding prevention. © 2011 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Source

Theofilou P.,Panteion University
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine | Year: 2013

Background: Several studies have shown that non-adherence is a common and increasing problem among individuals with chronic illnesses, including hemodialysis patients. Purpose: The present study aimed to investigate the influence of depression and health cognitions on medication adherence among patients undergoing hemodialysis. Method: A sample of 168 participants was recruited from six general hospitals in the broader area of Athens, consisting of patients undergoing in-center hemodialysis. Measurements were conducted with the following instruments: the Medication Adherence Rating Scale, the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), and the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control (MHLC) scale. Results: The results indicated that medication adherence was associated positively with the dimensions of internal and doctor-attributed health locus of control, measured by the MHLC. It was also related negatively to depression, measured by the CES-D. Conclusions: The present study demonstrates the importance of depression in understanding the medication adherence of hemodialysis patients, as well as the contribution of heath cognitions. © 2012 International Society of Behavioral Medicine. Source

LYBERAKI A. Delocalization, triangular manufacturing, and windows of opportunity: some lessons from Greek clothing producers in a fast-changing global context, Regional Studies. Delocalization as an instance of adjustment to global competition can acquire a variety of forms. This paper examines the opportunities and pitfalls for Greek clothing companies between 1996 and 2004. It focuses on three cases exhibiting common features: first, the performance of dynamic exports; second, insertion into networks of cooperation; and third, relocation of production to the low-wage economies of the Balkans and Eastern Europe. In view of the rapid changes occurring in this sector, the main argument is that the 'triangular manufacturing' strategy is gaining momentum as it allows building on previous strengths. © 2011 Regional Studies Association. Source

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