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

Arthritis Rheum. 1992 Nov;35(11):1267-72. doi: 10.1002/art.1780351105.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnosis
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / physiopathology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / psychology*
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Education
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Regression Analysis
  • Self Concept*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors