Men with cardiovascular disease and their spouses: Coping, health, and marital adjustment

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Abstract

This study examined the coping methods, health perceptions, and marital adjustment of 37 middle-aged men with chronic cardiovascular disease and their spouses. Despite variation in disease types and the absence of disease among the spouses, the couples were similar in their coping responses. Both partners used more emotionally focused strategies than problem-focused strategies to cope with chronic illness. Subjective health perceptions were more useful than objective indices for predicting coping. Preillness and current marital adjustment were satisfactory for both partners. The major implications for nursing practice are in the area of assessment, and suggested interventions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-324
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of psychiatric nursing
Volume4
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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