Patterns of change over time in learned response to chronic illness among participants in a systemic lupus erythematosus self-help course

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Abstract

The findings of this descriptive study of learned response to chronic illness over time of 291 persons having a diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who had attended a series of self-management classes demonstrated significant change in learned response over time. Self-help model variables that significantly contributed to the change were uncertainty, depression, enabling skill, self-efficacy, and self-worth. Uncertainty and depression decreased over time while enabling skill, self-efficacy, and self-worth increased. Subjects also demonstrated significant increased in self-help course tied variables of SLE knowledge and both the range and number of rest, relaxation, heat, and exercise activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-167
Number of pages10
JournalArthritis Care and Research
Volume4
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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