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J Cyst Fibros. 2009 Mar;8(2):104-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jcf.2008.10.001. Epub 2008 Nov 12.

Life satisfaction of adolescents and adults with cystic fibrosis: impact of partnership and gender.

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  • 1University Hospital Ulm, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychotherapy, Ulm, Germany. Tanja.Besier@uniklinik-ulm.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This is the first study to assess the impact of gender and partnership on life satisfaction in adolescents and adults with CF, using a model combining subjective importance and satisfaction ratings.

METHODS:

Life satisfaction of 243 CF patients (16-58 years, M=29.6, SD=7.4, 46.9% male) was assessed with the Questions on Life Satisfaction (FLZ(M)). The effects of gender and partnership on life satisfaction were calculated.

RESULTS:

Significantly less males than females reported living with a partner (chi(2)=16.5, p<001). Gender only had a significant effect on health-related life satisfaction, with females reporting worse life satisfaction. Partnership had small to large effects on general, health-related and CF-specific life satisfaction (eta(2)=.049-.144). Participants with partners always reported higher life satisfaction than those without partner. However, no significant interaction effect of partnership and gender could be shown.

CONCLUSIONS:

Having a partner is associated with higher life satisfaction, regardless of the patient's gender and might have beneficial effects on medical outcomes.

PMID:
19008159
DOI:
10.1016/j.jcf.2008.10.001
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