Health goal cognition and adjustment in women with fibromyalgia

Nancy A. Hamilton, Paul Karoly, Alex J. Zautra

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify individual differences in symptom-specific goal for persons diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and to determine whether those differences are related to adjustment outcomes. Women with FMS (N = 71) rank ordered 12 FMS-specific goals and completed a packet of psychosocial outcome measures. Cluster analysis suggested that there were three relatively homogeneous subgroups defined. Cluster 1 ranked goals related to seeking professional care higher than all other groups. Cluster 2 ranked self-sufficiency goals higher than the other two groups. Cluster 3 ranked social-validation goals higher than the other two clusters. Multivariate analyses of variance (MANOVAs) and post-hoc tests showed that goal profiles covaried with differences in pain, negative affect, goal-specific social support, general social support, goal-related interference, and negative life events. Differences between groups are discussed in the context of proposed relations between goals and environmental support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-466
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

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Social Adjustment
Fibromyalgia
Cognition
Health
Social Support
Individuality
Cluster Analysis
Analysis of Variance
Multivariate Analysis
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Pain

Keywords

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Goals
  • Pain
  • Self-regulation
  • Social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Health goal cognition and adjustment in women with fibromyalgia. / Hamilton, Nancy A.; Karoly, Paul; Zautra, Alex J.

In: Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Vol. 28, No. 5, 10.2005, p. 455-466.

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Hamilton, Nancy A. ; Karoly, Paul ; Zautra, Alex J. / Health goal cognition and adjustment in women with fibromyalgia. In: Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2005 ; Vol. 28, No. 5. pp. 455-466.
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