Arthritis and perceptions of quality of life: an examination of positive and negative affect in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Zautra AJ, Burleson MH, Smith CA, Blalock SJ, Wallston KA, DeVellis RF, DeVellis BM, Smith TW
Health Psychol. 1995 14 (5): 399-408

PMID: 7498110

The utility of measuring both positive and negative affective states for assessing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients was examined in 3 independent samples of male and female RA patients (Sample A: 179 women, 48 men; Sample B: 177 women, 24 men; Sample C: 134 women, 38 men). Confirmatory factor analyses of each sample indicated that positive and negative affect constituted separate, negatively correlated factors. The relations among disease variables, coping, and affects were consistent with a model in which coping mediates the relationship between disease variables and positive and negative affect. Patients with higher pain and limitation from RA had higher levels of maladaptive coping, and maladaptive coping was associated with lower positive affect and higher negative affect. Those RAs with higher activity limitation also reported less adaptive coping, which was associated with less positive affect.

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Activities of Daily Living Adolescent Adult Affective Symptoms Aged Aged, 80 and over Arthritis, Rheumatoid Female Humans Male Middle Aged Psychophysiologic Disorders Quality of Life Sick Role Somatoform Disorders

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