Interpersonal stress, depression, and disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis patients.

@article{Zautra1994InterpersonalSD,
  title={Interpersonal stress, depression, and disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis patients.},
  author={Alex J. Zautra and Mary H. Burleson and Kathleen S. Matt and Stephen W. Roth and L M Burrows},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  year={1994},
  volume={13 2},
  pages={139-48}
}
The relationships among interpersonal stressors, depression, coping inefficiency, hormones (prolactin, cortisol, and estradiol), and disease activity were examined. The sample comprised 33 women with rheumatoid arthritis (RAs; age 37-78) and 37 women with osteoarthritis (OAs; age 47-91), who served as controls. In a regression analysis, interpersonal conflict events accounted for more than twice as much variance in depression in RAs than in OAs. In the RA patients, the immune-stimulating… CONTINUE READING
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