Pain Behavior, Spouse Responsiveness, and Marital Satisfaction in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

@article{Williamson1997PainBS,
  title={Pain Behavior, Spouse Responsiveness, and Marital Satisfaction in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis},
  author={D Williamson and Michael Edward Robinson and Barbara G. Melamed},
  journal={Behavior Modification},
  year={1997},
  volume={21},
  pages={118 - 97}
}
Although the pain behavior of some diagnostic groups has been shown to be reactive to social influences, the reactivity of pain behavior in a rheumatoid artritis (RA) population remains an open question. The authors in this article combined laboratory and self-report assessment techniques to examine the extent to which the pain report and behavior of 52 RA patients was susceptible to influence of social factors within the marital unit. The authors' findings suggest that (a) different types of… 
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