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Quality of life and sense of coherence in people with arthritis

Germano, D., Misajon, R. and Cummins, Robert 2001, Quality of life and sense of coherence in people with arthritis, Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 253-261, doi: 10.1023/A:1011964729100.

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Title Quality of life and sense of coherence in people with arthritis
Author(s) Germano, D.
Misajon, R.
Cummins, RobertORCID iD for Cummins, Robert orcid.org/0000-0001-9014-7193
Journal name Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings
Volume number 8
Issue number 4
Start page 253
End page 261
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2001-12
ISSN 1068-9583
1573-3572
Keyword(s) subjective quality of life
sense of coherence
arthritis
pain
Summary This study investigated the physical and psychological impact of arthritis on people's quality of life. A range of variables were examined in a sample of 375 participants who comprised three groups: people with arthritis receiving a support-based service from the Arthritis Foundation of Victoria, people with arthritis receiving standard treatment, and a group of people from the general population. The results revealed that the two arthritis groups reported a significantly higher level of functional impairment, pain, and negative affectivity, and lowered mood, positive affect, and Sense of Coherence, compared to the general population group. They also reported normal levels of importance, but lower levels of satisfaction on various life domains. After statistically controlling for pain however, group differences were eliminated on all variables except for functional impairment and for all satisfaction domains except health. These data are interpreted as evidence that the combination of low domain satisfaction coupled with high domain importance yields a negative psychological state. This, then suggests the possibility of a therapy based on reducing the perceived importance of health.
Language eng
DOI 10.1023/A:1011964729100
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001364

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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