Psychological well-being among people with recently diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis. Do self-perceptions of abilities make a difference?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: Satisfaction with abilities and perceived importance of abilities are 2 factors involved in the process of self-evaluation. We examined the role that these factors play in adjustment to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Data were collected, via telephone interview and mailed questionnaire, from 234 individuals with recently diagnosed RA. Disease severity information was obtained from participants' physicians. RESULTS: Consistent with study hypotheses, satisfaction was associated with psychological well-being only among those who viewed as very important the abilities being evaluated. CONCLUSION: These findings increase understanding of the conditions under which low levels of satisfaction are likely to be associated with psychological distress.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Blalock, SJ; DeVellis, BM; DeVellis, RF; Giorgino, KB; Sauter, SV; Jordan, JM; Keefe, FJ; Mutran, EJ

Published Date

  • November 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1267 - 1272

PubMed ID

  • 1445441

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0004-3591

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/art.1780351105


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States