Psychosocial Factors in Arthritis

  • Alex Zautra
  • Denise Kruszewski


  • Psychosocial factors are essential to a patient’s vulnerability to the most important symptoms of rheumatic diseases, including pain and fatigue.

  • Positive and negative emotions influence adaptation to rheumatic diseases with depression predictive of adverse outcomes.

  • Cognitive factors, including a sense of control over illness, are of great importance to daily well-being. Interventions that improve self-efficacy improve pain and psychological functioning.

  • ■ Social factors also affect impact of diseases, with social resources and the ability to utilize them being a strong determinant of well-being among rheumatic disease patients.


Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient Rheumatic Disease Social Connectedness Pain Catastrophizing Consult Clin Psychol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex Zautra
    • 1
  • Denise Kruszewski
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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