Psychosocial factors in arthritis

Alex Zautra, Denise Kruszewski

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Psychosocial factors play an important role in the etiology and course of rheumatic diseases. In this chapter, we introduce concepts that may aid the reader in understanding the relationship. Psychosocial challenges and physiological mechanisms involved in rheumatic disease manifestations may be best understood within the conceptual framework of stress and the individual response to stress. It has become increasingly evident that psychosocial factors are essential to understanding who is most affected by illness and other stressors, as well as when they are most vulnerable. We end the chapter with a discussion of resilience, as it important to acknowledge the capacities of individuals to cope successfully with their illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrimer on the Rheumatic Diseases
Subtitle of host publicationThirteenth Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780387356648
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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