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Health Psychol. 1990;9(3):266-84.

Quality of social support and associated social and psychological functioning in women with rheumatoid arthritis.

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  • 1Department of Education, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155.

Abstract

Using a cross-sectional interview study of 194 women with rheumatoid arthritis, investigated the relationship between health status, social integration, qualitative aspects of social support, and social and psychological functioning in the presence of a chronic, disabling disease. Even after controlling for the influences of current physical limitations and social integration, qualitative dimensions of social support as measured by the Quality of Social Support Scale, a scale developed for this study, explained a significant proportion of the variance in home and family functioning and in depression.

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