Social support as a predictor of the psychological adjustment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis in Hong Kong

by Ho, Chun-wai

Abstract (Summary)
(Uncorrected OCR) Suppon and ISvchnjotnciil Adjummeni of RA I'aucnu. I ABSTRACT According to the matching hypothesis of social support (Cohen l^JtS), intni-pcrsonal support discrepancy ;s essential in the process 6f patient*' rehabilitation because the effect of support on psychological adjustment depends on a match between patients suppon needed and support received. However, it is argued that the effects of social support or, patients psychological adiusrmeni cannot b? full}' understood apart from the patient-carcgtver support discrepancy To further investigate how paticni-caregivcr suppon discrcDancy relates to patients' psychological adjustment this study adopts the conceptual framework ol the methodological reia;iona!isjn |Ho. 199!, thai USCtlS' the unit of analysis of an individual's social behaviors is not merely the indmdual hut "mdividual-m-relnlionfT A questionnaire survey wa> conducted. Data from 80 ihcumatoid arthritis (RA. patients and their respective caregivers were collected Results from hierarchical regjessi-T revealed ilia! after controlling for the effects of demographic variables, functional impairment and arthritis seil'-cfficacy, RA patients* lntra-persona! suppon ciscrepane;. was predictive of their psychological adjustment in terms of general psychological health and arthritis helplessness Interaction effect between RA patients' mira-personal suppon discrepancy and paiient-caregiver support discrepancy was found OH arthritis pa:n. Result findings. limitations of this study and implications to: ftmha research were discussed
Bibliographical Information:


School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:rheumatoid arthritis patients china hong kong psychological aspects


Date of Publication:01/01/1998

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