Impact of Rheumatic Musculoskeletal Disease on Psychological Development in Adolescents and Young Adults

  • Ran Alice CaiEmail author
  • Hema Chaplin
Part of the In Clinical Practice book series (ICP)


Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) undergo significant physiological and psychological transformations. When developmental milestones are combined with additional challenges of growing up with a chronic rheumatic musculoskeletal disease (RMD), it can increase AYA's susceptibility to psychological problems. Emotional issues in adolescence can often persist into adulthood and negatively impact future health, social, and work outcomes. This chapter summarises psychological challenges for AYAs and recommends ways for healthcare professionals (HCPs) to promote mental wellbeing in AYAs with RMD.


Coping Cognitive distortions Self-efficacy Self-esteem Mental health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arthritis Research UK Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology, University College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Health Psychology Section, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College LondonLondonUK

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