Factors affecting well-being in adults recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis

Mary Beth Coty, Elizabeth G. Salt, John A. Myers, Said K. Abusalem

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Abstract

This article examines role stress, key psychosocial variables, and well-being in adults recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Patients recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis must often learn to balance disease and role-related responsibilities. This was cross-sectional, descriptive study (N = 80). Data were analyzed using correlation coefficients and linear regression models. Participants were predominantly female (78%), married, and employed. Mean age and disease duration were 54.2 years and 24.2 months, respectively. The findings suggest that well-being is influenced by feelings of being self-efficacious and having balance in their roles and less to do with social support received from others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-504
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The study was funded by a New Investigator Award from the Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Publisher Copyright:
© SAGE Publications.

Keywords

  • adults
  • arthritis
  • chronic illness
  • self-efficacy
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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